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Also known as Portuguese kale. A loose head cabbage that grows bulky, wide, spreading jade green leaves with fleshy white ribs. Sweeter and milder flavor than heading cabbage and can be used throughout the whole season by picking the outside leaves. Not commonly found in stores and would be great opportunity for a market gardener looking to attract customers with something new. Tolerates heat spells, withstands frost well and may be over-wintered in temperate regions. Used for the traditional Portuguese Cadlo Verde soup. Leaves are great for stuffing and ribs can be used like swiss chard.

30 seeds


Germination: 7-12 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-85 degrees F.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2” deep

Outside Sowing: Spring when soil temperature reaches at least 50 degrees F. Sow 2-3 seeds every 12-15” apart for small headed varieties, 20-30” for large headed varieties. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow in midsummer for fall crops. Germination is slower at lower soil temperatures.

Starting Indoors:  4-6 weeks before last frost , sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Provide 65-75 degree F soil temperature for optimum germination. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer (diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement). Transplant out just before last frost.

How much does a packet plant: 10-12 foot single row

Harvest If the heads feel solid by pushing on them lightly they are ready to harvest. Harvest as soon as possible for early varieties to prevent splitting. Later maturing varieties will hold longer.

Tips: Needs to be provided with fertile soil, rich in organic matter from the very beginning of its growth in the garden. Provide adequate, even moisture for the best growth. Mulching helps retain moisture.


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    A Bit Soon to Say

    I ordered this packet because in my Spring order, only 6 of the 30 seeds germinated. I just sowed the new packet last week, for Fall harvest. So far there are appears to be better germination. Far too soon to tell about yield. Maybe check back with me in October?


    Great green!

    This cabbage is growing very well in our garden and is quite large . We've been taking just a few leaves from each plant. It reminds us of collards.