Kale grows best in fertile, well-drained soil.
The time from planting to harvest is 55 days from transplants, 70 to 80 days from seed. Leave kale in the garden until needed, but harvest before it gets old and tough. As the plant matures, take outside leaves, leaving the inner ones to grow. Or, cut off the entire plant.
Types of Kale
There are several varieties of kale to choose from when considering which to grow in your home garden. We've listed the different varieties of kale below.
- Dwarf Blue Curled Vates, harvest at 55 days, produces short-stemmed plants with finely curled, bluish-green leaves.
- Dwarf Siberian Curled, harvest at 65 days, has upright gray-green leaves.
- Winterbar, harvest at 65 days, is frilly, bluegreen, and tasty.
- Redbar is similar but purple.
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