Kale - Ornamental Kale

    Brassica oleracea var. sabellica/acephala
Kale has been grown for a very long time. Finds from the Egyptian pyramids show that the kale was highly valued as food as well as decoration. Here in the North it is probably one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. The kales are classified according to height in low, medium and tall sorts.
Kale doesn"™t make a head and the leaves are more or less curly. Its contents of vitamins and minerals are very high making kale a most important autumn- and winter-food for both people and animals. It is classified according to height in low, medium and tall sorts, varying in size from 10 cm to 150 cm. Kale can be grown in most soils but thrives in a soil which is rich in nutrients and moisture-retaining as well with a good supply of phosphorus and potassium. It is the lack of these minerals which causes the leaves to go yellow from the bottom up and then falling off. Read the chapter on growing cabbage-plants for further advice on cultivation.

SOWING: Read the chapter on white cabbage for information on early sowing and how to raise seedlings! Kale is frequently sown directly, about 1 cm deep, after the soil has warmed up a bit until late June.

SPACING: Keep about 50 cm between the plants and 50-60 cm between the rows!

HARVEST: The kale is hardy and with the richest flavour after a few nights of frost, but it is tasty before too. The leaves are harvested gradually during the whole autumn and winter. They can be dried in low heat or frozen after parboiling as well. Kale is mostly used in soups and casseroles.

SEEDS: 200-300/1g, one portion sows 5-10 m or yields 75-150 seedlings after pre-cultivation and 10 g sow 100 m or yield 1000 seedlings. 
Red Russian, organic seeds
Is probably the mildest and most tender kale of all and one of the most beautiful ones too. The leaves are grey-green with violet stalks and nerves. They are a little crumpled with very serrated edges...

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Vates Dwarf Curled, organic


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White Russian
Has white stems and nerves in the leaves in contrast to Red Russian which has red-violet ones. W.R. grows both broader and taller and yields a substantially larger crop and it tolerates much more cold...

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Halvhög Krusig, organic seeds
Is a traditional kale of large broad moss-curly leaves which grow ever curlier towards autumn. This strong plant gets 50-75 cm tall. M.T.C. is not quite as hardy as the later sorts but yields a large ...

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Baltic Red, organic seeds
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Purple cabbage. This old sort originates in the Baltic States. We received it from there in 1986 and have propagated it since then. The whole plant is heavily dark-violet even out to the ends of the l...

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Red Curly Cale, organic seeds
Winter vegetable rich in vitamines. Forms purple curlyleaves, which taste best after a frost. Harvest individual leaves during thewinter. One portion contains about 150 seeds.

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Pentland Brig, organic
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Is the most delicious kale of all with a faintly acidic taste. The stalk gets 50-60 cm tall and bears a great many light green, crispy, curly leaves. It is extremely hardy and often winters outdoors e...

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Westland Winter, organic seeds
Is one of the hardiest kales. The beautiful, 50-60 cm tall, sturdy plants yield a large crop of dark-green, finely curled leaves with one of the best flavours. The leaves grow ever curlier and darker,...

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Nero di Toscana
Palm kale (black kale), is an unusual leaf cabbage which has been for sale since the early 1800s. The sturdy about 50 cm tall plant has long thin, narrow, darkly blue-green leaves with a white nerve a...

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