Germ 3-10 days
Italian Heirloom 1885
Also known as Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale, the plant is 3’ tall with dark, meaty, puckered leaves, the color of a blue spruce. Striking ornamental leaves have good flavor harvested young and cooked simply in olive oil. Mature plant has a stronger flavor, which improves after a frost. 30 seeds
Indoors- 4-6 weeks before last frost, 1/2” deep. Keep well watered and fertilized. Transplant out just before last frost. Start at same time as Broccoli, Cabbage, and Cauliflower.
Outdoors- 1/2” deep, 2-4” apart in early spring with soil temperature 55 degrees. Thin seedling to 12-24” apart. Sow another planting in mid/late summer for fall crops.
Harvest- Pick young leaves starting at 8-10” from the middle upward.
Tips- Leaves become very sweet after frost. Use thinning’s or sow a heavy seeded row every 10-14 days for baby greens.