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Kale Cottager'sBrassica oleracea (Acephala Group)Daubenton kale, Taunton Deane kale, Perennial kale.

Hardy Annual

What is Hardy Annual?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle (growth, reproduction, death) in one season.
Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

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A heritage 'perennial' variety which is extremely hardy

Unusual green/purple leaves through winter and again in early spring

A cross between a kale brussels sprout and purple sprouting broccoli

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Height Up to 90cm (35in)
Spread Up to 60cm (24in)

Hardy Annual

kitchen garden

sun or semi shade

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Description

Once a staple of the 19th century cottagers’ diet, this ‘perennial’ kale has fallen out of favour simply because the leaves don't store well for sale. Packed with vitamins and minerals, this heritage superfood supplies tasty green leaves with purple stems all through the winter followed by a bonus secondary crop of side shoots in early spring, making it a generous and space efficient vegetable. A short-lived perennial, plants will crop for up to five years, but can easily be renewed from cuttings. An unusual cross between a kale and brussels sprout re-crossed with purple sprouting broccoli, its complex parentage even intrigued Charles Darwin.  Sturdy and exceptionally hardy. Can be picked as a baby leaf for salads or left to mature for cooking. Height: 90cm (36"). Spread: 60cm (24").

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1 Packet (30 seeds) (KC9422)

Sowing
Sow Kale seed from March to May. Direct sow outdoors into a well prepared seedbed, for transplanting to their final positions later on. Sow at a depth of 1cm (½") and distance of 23cm (9") between rows. Kale plants can be transplanted to their final positions approximately 5 weeks from sowing.

Grow kale in firm, rich fertile, well drained soil in sun or semi shade. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Apply lime to acid soils to reduce the acidity and lessen the risk of clubroot. When transplanting kale, plant it slightly deeper in the ground than it was in the seedbed. Plant kale at a distance of 45cm apart with 60cm (24") between the rows and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Water the plants thoroughly after planting. Pinch out centre stem to encourage side shoots. Propagate by cuttings.

More Info
Kale is exceptionally hardy and requires little aftercare. Water when necessary and hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing and bring insect larvae to the surface. Kale can be harvested from September as young leaves using a cut and come again method, but will stand well in the ground for a long time throughout winter, and improves in flavour after it has been frosted. Pinch out the centre stem first to encourage side shoots to develop. Harvest kale when it is required as the leaves do not store well, unless they are frozen.
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Thompson & Morgan strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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