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Vates Blue Curled Kale

Certified Organic Seed

Brassica oleracea

Traditional crunchy kale shines in the winter garden.

THE STORY: Kale comes in many degrees of frill, from broad flat Russian varieties--at one end of the spectrum--to the undulating, nearly serrated Vates Blue Curled at the other end. It's the kale often used as garnishes--but what a waste! It's so delicious and toothsome when braised! Also great in a potato-based soup or as part of a stir fry, where its more rigid texture holds its own, never melting away like a less crinkly variety. Plants are compact but productive--harvest for weeks and weeks.

USE: Plant this cold hardy kale in the late summer for a fall and winter crop, it reliably overwinters in zone 5b and puts on a lot of growth in the spring. A great kale for making kale chips and kale salad, just be sure to marinade with an acidic dressing.


This variety is suitable for growing as a microgreen. 🌱

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Kale likes to be transplanted--even the summer sowing--and it wastes less garden space to do so. It also gives the seedlings a head start against the flea beetles, which will happily munch on kale seedlings if eggplants and mustards are unavailable. Sown in early March and transplanted in mid-April, you can begin harvesting delicate frilly leaves in late May. Sow again in late June or early July for a fall crop. Give the plants highly fertile soil.

Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 55 days
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 18 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Height at Maturity 18 to 36 inches
Width at Maturity 18 inches
Sun Preference Full to Partial Sun

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