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Dwarf Blue Curled Kale (Heirloom, 55 Days)

Heirloom 1863. Kale is so attractive it can be grown for its appearance alone. Finely curled blue-green leaves are carried on compact, 1’ plants. Great fresh or cooked, either before or after a frost. Plant four plants per square foot. 

30 seeds


Brassica oleracea

Germination: 3-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2” deep

Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost. 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 a week or two before last frost. Space 12-18" apart. Sow in midsummer for fall crops. 

Sowing Outdoors: Starting in spring when soil temperature reaches at least 55ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds every 12-18”. Sow closer to harvest baby greens. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow in midsummer for fall crops. Germination is slower at lower soil temperatures.

Harvest Pick young leaves starting at 8-10". 

Tips: Plant into a fertile, well drained soil.  Leaves become very sweet after frost. Use thinning’s or sow a heavy seeded row every 10-14 days for baby greens. 

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Wonderful Kale

This kale was the 1st I've planted. Very easy and quick to grow. Every morning we pick fresh, delicious leaves for our healthy smoothies. My 9, 16, and 18 year old boys love it.

Tina T.
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Amazing Kale

I have been a long-time Pinetree customer. I have never been unhappy with the products or customer service. I follow a Nutritarian life-style and eat only things that have high nutritional value. Kale is at the top of that list. I started my kale seeds in March and the plants are STILL going strong and we just entered Oct. I am delighted!

Mark i.
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Solid performer over long summer/fall

I don't have a lot of room so appreciate the cut & come again nature of these. They're compact, attractive and well-flavored and they remained tender well into September. Sow a bunch of these in a bed and then selectively harvest leaves over a long period of time for salads and cooked preparations.

Harriet M.
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TOo SOon to TEll-on dward blue curled kale

too soon to tell---but I have been meanibg to ask you--is there a way I can buy larger quantities of kale seed from you? I keep forgetting that the packets you send me only cover about 2 feet of row each--then I have to go down to the local hardware store and supplement w/ a BIG bag of kale seed...(?)thanks, SM

Little Rock, AR
Low germ

Only 50% germinated. 2/4 that did germinate did so in only 5 days, though. I sowed 4 seeds indoors in late July so that I could have 1 or 2 plants through fall. Here's to hoping both of them survive! Glad I sowed double what I wanted.