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Kale: An Easy Beginner’s Guide to Growing

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- Different varieties of kale -

There are many varieties of kale, but they are usually grouped by the type of leaf:

•    Curly leaved (Scots Kale)
•    Plain leaved
•    Rape Kale
•    Leaf and spear (a hybrid of curly leaved and plain leaved Kale)
•    Cavolo nero (also known as black cabbage, Tuscan Cabbage, Tuscan (or Toscano) Kale, Lacinato and dinosaur Kale)

In these leaf shapes you’ll find a number of varieties with varied growth time from transplanting to harvesting:

- Blue Armor (45-75 days, hybrid)*
- Blue Curled Scotch (65 days)
- Blue Knight (55 days, hybrid)
- Dwarf Blue Curled (55 days)
- Dwarf Blue Scotch (55 days)
- Dwarf Green Curled (60 days)
- Dwarf Siberian (65 days)
- Greenpeace (65 days)
- Hanover Late Seedling (68 days)
- Konserva (60 days)
- Red Russian (40-60 days)
- Squire (60 days)
- Verdura (60 days)
- Winterbor (60-65 days, hybrid)

Once you’ve picked the varieties that best suit your taste then it’s time to get planting.

Next: Guide to growing kale: Preparing to plant

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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10:41AM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Thanks for the information. I am planning my garden as we speak & had wanted to include an organic kale seed. This definately helps.

7:23AM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

This makes me want to tear up the lawn and put in a garden!!

7:53AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Can't wait yo try planting kale in my garden this year. I love kale!

4:29AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

TY. I give so much kale away every summer my friend calls me her kaley-godmother. Yeah we probably are dorks but we're ok with that

3:08AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Synchronicity... I just bought kale seeds :)

3:58PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013


4:11PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

thanks for the info!

3:40PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Good article.

2:37PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

mio figlio coltiva verdure biologiche e, spesso, ne riserva una parte alle persone bisognose

9:45AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

How do I print for rereading?

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