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Kale Brassica oleracea (acephala)

How to sow kale: Direct seed. If planting indoors, harden off before transplanting seedlings outside.

Sun requirement for kale: Plant in Full Sun

Kale has been planted 64 times by Growstuff members.

Kale is a cultivar of the species Brassica oleracea. It has green or purple leaves that branch off from one to multiple upright stems and do not form a head like cabbage. The plant is usually grown as an annual, but if grown as a perennial, it will form seeds in the second year. Current popular varieties include Curly kale, Italian kale, and Red Russian kale (green leaves with pale purple stems). It can be grown as baby salad greens or for bunching adult leaves. Leaves are sweeter after a frost and delicious eaten raw, added to salads, sautéed, or added to stews and casseroles.

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Predictions

Annual

living and reproducing in a single year or less

Median lifespan

156 days

First harvest expected

27 days after planting

Last harvest expected

34 days after planting

Height

75cm

Spread

75cm

Row Spacing

45cm

Companions

radicchio lemon balm tomato potato celtuce
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Photos

Kale crops

Kale plantings

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Kale
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IMG_20190526_151011
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garden 1
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Kale harvests

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Sunniness

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Varieties

cavalo nero

cavalo nero

  Brassica oleracea
lacinato kale

lacinato kale

  Brassica oleracea Acephala group

Crop Map

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