Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Frost Hardy – Can Handle frost without damage.
Moderate Watering – Requires Regular Watering.
Med Maintenance – Requires moderate maintenance.
Non Indigenous – Exotic to South Africa.
Brassica oleracea var. sabellica
A rosette of elongated leaves with wavy to frilled margins. The leaves are typically blue-green in colour, depending on the variety the leaves can also be light green, red, or purple.
Moderate maintenance and keep the soil moist.
Good firm soil, with plenty of well-rotted compost mixed in.
Sow seed in early spring or late summer for a fall or winter crop. Sow seed 6-13mm deep and 40-45cm apart; Thin out seedlings at a later stage and use thinnings in a salad.
Kale is used for salads, stir-fry, Grilled sides, stuffings, pizza toppings, stews and soups.
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Kale is a good companion with beets, celery, cucumbers, herbs, onions, spinach, chard, and potatoes. Doesn't like growing next to beans, strawberries, or tomatoes. Keep soil moist to encourage consistent growth.
Kale is among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet and contains vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium and magnesium. It also contains vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), iron and phosphorus.
Medicinal: kale can help lower cholesterol, which may, in turn, reduce the risk of Heart disease and there are many cancer-fighting substances in kale.
Kale is ready to be picked about 60 days after seeds have been planted.
Grow 4 to 5 plants per person.
- Botanical name: Brassica oleracea var. sabellica
- Common name(s): Kale
- Categories: Fruits and Vegetables
Kale is a leafy herbaceous biennial or perennial plant in the family Brassicaceae, grown as a leafy green vegetable. Kale is a non-heading, cabbage-like plant with curly or straight, loose blue-green or purple leaves.
Botanical Pronunciation: BRAS-ee-ka
Brassica oleracea var. sabellica requirements and featuresinfo on these icons
Requires moderate maintenance.