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Kale Seeds, Lacinato

Brassica oleracea
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Produces 8 x 25 cm (3 x 10") long dark blue-green leaves with an embossed texture. Popular in Italian cuisine, its taste is slightly sweeter and more delicate than curly kale. Flavor is enhanced by frost.

  • SKU: 137808
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Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full sun|Partial sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
10 to 14 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
Maturity:
30 to 60 days
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
  • Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea
  • Fill Weight (grams): 1.5
  • Approximate Seed Count: 400-425
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct | Start Indoors
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Flavor: Slightly sweeter and more delicate than curly kale
  • Preparation Ideas: A tasty and healthy ingredient in soups and salads.
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
    Growing Instructions:

    Kale is a cool season crop and seeds can be sown directly in the garden in early Spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Optimum soil temperature (not air temperature) should be 10-29°C (50-84°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 1.3 cm (1/2") of soil. After planting, water the seeds with a gentle mist or shower. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below. Do not allow the soil to become dry, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions. Moist soil helps to keep kale leaves sweet and crisp, rather than tough and bitter.

    For an earlier crop, kale seeds can be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Follow the seed depth and spacing guidelines indicated below. Once all danger of frost has passed, seedlings should be hardened off before planting in their growing location. Seedlings should be transplanted according to the plant and row spacing directions below. Regularly monitor your plants and ensure that the soil remains moist while they establish themselves in their new environment.

    Click here to read more information on planning and planting a garden.

  • Planting Depth: 1.3 cm (1/2")
  • Seed Spacing: 1.3 cm (1/2")
  • Plant Spacing: 60 cm (24")
  • Row Spacing: 60 cm (24")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Growing Suggestions:
  • Kale tastes best when plants mature before the heat of summer or after fall frosts occur. Hot temperatures slows down growth and cause a bitter flavor.
  • If you are experiencing hot and drought-like conditions, provide plants with some shade, especially from the strong afternoon sun. Heat can make the leaves wilt and lose their flavor.
  • Row covers can be used to protect plants from insect pests such as aphids and flea beetles.
  • Kale is ready to harvest when the leaves are about the size of your hand. Pick several outer leaves per harvest, but no more than one-third of the plant at one time. Avoid picking the central bud (at the top center of the plant), which helps to maintain the plant’s productivity.

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