Rainbow Lacinato Kale
Certified Organic Seed
Brings beautiful diversity to the kale patch.
THE STORY: A cross by breeder Frank Morton between the extremely cold hardy Redbor and Lacinato. The majority of the plants have a deep green, crinkled Lacinato-type leaf with a bright purple stem and slight ruffling along the edges. There is a bit of variation from this, some plants are more ruffled than others, resembling the Redbor parentage, others a bit more green, resembling Lacinato closely. When left outdoors once winter hits, about 40% of mature plants turn a deep purple, almost black, as pictured in the slideshow. Plant this variety if you prefer the Lacinato type kales, but want something a bit more cold hardy.
USE: The flavor of this kale is sweet and the texture substantial but not too rough. A great kale for steaming and sauteing. The color and flavor mixes nicely with other cold-hardy greens.
|100 Seeds||$3.75||In Stock|
|300 Seeds||$6.50||In Stock|
|1 Ounce||$10.95||In Stock|
Direct sow kale about a month before last frost. Or, sow under protection 8 weeks earlier, then transplant about a month before last frost. For a young, tender fall crop, sow 3-4 months before first fall frost. Avoid planting at edge of garden, as slugs love kale and will creep in for nightly dining. Harvest a handful of individual outer leaves from each plant; mature plants will be ready for another harvest in a few days.
|Days to Germination||5 to 10 days|
|Days to Maturity||65 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|