Vates Blue Curled Kale
Certified Organic Seed
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.
|100 Seeds||$3.85||In Stock|
|300 Seeds||$6.70||In Stock|
|1 Ounce||$9.20||Out of Stock|
|4 Ounces||$20.55||In Stock|
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|