This plant has a mild fragrance
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Kale is a highly nutritious, fast-growing winter crop that produces leaves that can be large and flat or with tightly curled or fringed edges. This species is known scientifically as Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) and commonly as Kale, Borecole and Collards. The leaves can be green or purple depending on the variety. Tronchuda is a loose-leaf kale cultivar with a good flavour. The name means without head which is why you don't get a head of Kale.
Common problems with Kales
Kales Companion Plants
How to harvest Kales
Kale leaves can be harvested throughout the growing period once the plant is fully developed, usually within 2 months of planting. Mulch in summer to prevent leaves from becoming bitter.
How to propagate Kales
Sow 3-4 seeds 5 mm deep in each spot you want a plant to grow. Thin to the strongest plant. Space 45-60 cm apart in rows 75-90 cm apart. Germination takes 7-12 days.
Special features of Kales
Medium feeder. Prevent disease with a strict 4-year crop rotation, avoiding planting Brassicas in the same spot more than once every four years.
Other uses of Kales
Fresh, cooked or juiced or even popular as crisps!
Edible to Sow Under Cover in May
Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.
Grow these leafy greens in your windowsill over the winter months for quick and tasty micro leaves.