Kale

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Kale

Brassica oleracea
Flowering Cabbage; Winterbor kale; Redbor kale; Tuscan kale
1

2 feet
1

2 feet
Asia Minor
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Medium
  • Flowering

About This Plant

Sun. Kale is a cool-season leafy green vegetable with high nutritional value. It’s considered much closer to the original wild form of cabbage, but unlike domesticated cabbage, kale’s leaves don’t form a tight central head.

In south-central Texas kale is grown in winter, from autumn until mid-spring; it’s among the cold-hardiest of all leafy greens. There are a variety of edible cultivars. The striking pink-purple-and-white ornamental forms are edible as well, but may be somewhat less palatable.

Maintenance

Plant in late fall after the danger of hot dry weather has passed. Space plants 1 feet apart in well-drained, loose organic soil. When harvesting for winter salads, use the lower leaves on individual plants. Once the weather warms up, aphids and leaf miners take a toll; by late spring, kales are replaced with summer bedding plants.

Features

Plant Type:
Annuals, Herb
Size:
1-2' H, 1-2' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Well drained
Wildlife:
Flower Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
January, February, March, October, November, December
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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