Kale

Leaf cabbage

Brassica oleracea var. Acephala – Brassicaceae

Description

Height – 8 to 12 inches
Spread – 8 to 12 inches
Root Depth – Normal depth to which roots reach
Hardiness – Very hardy, can tolerate heavy frost
Exposure – Partial Shade, needs 4 to 6 hours of sun per day

Planting

Depth – 1/4 to 1/2 inch
Extensive Spacing
  In Row – Spacing between plants within row in inches
  Between Rows – Spacing between rows in inches
Intensive Spacing – 1 per square foot

Direct Seed
  Spring – From 5 weeks prior to last expected frost to 2 weeks after last expected frost
  Fall – From 8 weeks prior to first expected frost to 6 weeks prior to first expected frost

Transplant
  Spring Inside – From 12 weeks prior to last expected frost to 4 weeks prior to last expected frost
  Spring Outside – From 5 weeks prior to last expected frost to 2 weeks after last expected frost
  Fall Inside – From 16 weeks prior to first expected frost to 12 weeks prior to first expected frost
  Fall Outside – From 8 weeks prior to first expected frost to 6 weeks prior to first expected frost

Succession – One spring planting; one additional fall planting, if necessary

Requirements

Germination – 40°F to 70°F
Growth
  Soil – 60°F to 70°F
  Air – 40°F to 70°F
pH – 6.0 to 7.0
Watering – Heavy, 1 1/2″ per week
Fertilizer – Heavy feeder, one main application of fertilizer and supplemental applications once every 2 weeks.

Duration

Germination – Amount of days to germination
Maturity – 7 to 10 weeks
Harvest – Length of harvest in weeks

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