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This is a large plant in the brassica family, popular in the South although easily grown anywhere. Generally it is used cooked and flavor seems to improve after a frost. Vitamin content is excellent. Leaves are an attractive blue-green. Requires several square feet of space when fully mature.
Germination: 7-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2" deep
Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before transplanting. passes. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement. Transplant after danger of hard frost passes,18-24" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Starting in spring when soil temperature reaches 60 ºF. Sow a few seeds every 18-24", thin to the strongest seedling. Sow in early to mid summer for fall crops.
How much does a packet plant: 20-25 foot single row
Harvest: When leaves reach 6-12", clip leaves when needed, summer through fall
Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amend with compost before planting if needed. Adequate moisture is needed for optimum growth. Collards can handle a little cold with the flavor improving after frost.
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I have a hoop house that made last fall, I planted these collards in the hoop house while it was still winter and every seed came up. We have more collards than ever before and they are delicious!
They are doing beautifully, the slugs love themBut now we are putting out beer so they are replenished