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Brassica oleracea 'Cavolo Nero'

Kale

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Feature

Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Julia Boulton, copyright GAP Photos (154146)

Plant details

This Italian kale has dark green puckered leaves. It can be grown in the border where it will add interest in winter. It also doubles as a cut-and-come again vegetable for stir fries and salads. Sow in modules, and transplant 6-8 weeks later, planting them firmly together. Weed and water well until well established. Then you can cut back on watering to prevent encouraging too much new growth during winter. Remove all flower shoots to prevent the plants from setting seed and deteriorating. Kale is the hardiest winter vegetable

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Brassica

Species: oleracea

Cultivar: Cavolo Nero

Plant type: Hardy annual

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: May to May


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