Sunset Flowering Kale
Red with green outermost leaves. This is a new development in ornamental brassicas. The sturdy stem grows to a height of 26 inches and the bloom really resembles a rose at the height of bloom. This is a great addition to any sort of long-lasting arrangement. Can also be used in a Christmas wreath as they are lovely and should last for several months.
Germination: 6-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow 1/4" deep
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before transplanting outdoors, 3-4 months before full-sized heads are needed, or 3-4 months before your first fall frost date. Transplant 8-12" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Around the last frost date or 3-4 months before your first fall frost date. Sow 2-3 seeds every 8-12", thin to the strongest seedling.
Height and Width: 24-26" by 8-12"
Spacing: 8-12" apart
Light Needs: Sun
Soil Needs: Fertile, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: 90-100 days
Uses: Cut flowers, bedding plant, fall color
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend soil with compost before transplanting. For cut flowers with long stems start removing lower leaves once the plant is a foot tall. The color deepens when temperatures fall under 50ºF.