Kale is a delicious vegetable that is also very easy to grow.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Brassica sabellica
Family : Brassicaceae
Type : Vegetable, biennial
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Fresh, deep and moist and rich
Harvest : July to February depending on varieties
- Health: benefits and virtues of kale
Maintenance, from sowing and planting to harvest, will help you have beautiful kale
Head cabbage, kale or savoy cabbage:
The sowing of head cabbage is carried out end of winter or at the start of spring in the nursery.
The kale is a little less cold hardy than its brother smooth cabbage and has a slightly longer growing cycle in general.
- Sow from the month of February March in nursery and on the fly.
- You can also sow in the ground from the month of March April under frame or tunnel.
- When you see the first leaves appear, you can transplant in the ground from March-April until August.
Caring for kale
As soon as the plants have minimum 3 to 4 sheets, transplant directly in place while protecting your crop if this is to be done before May.
- Transplanting is done every 50 cm.
- This space is necessary to give the plants room to develop.
- Transplant in a well plowed ground.
Water regularly but moderately in fine rain to maintain good humidity.
Kale takes several months, but the duration depends a lot on the varieties.
Thus, some varieties can be harvested 2 months after planting while others will put almost 7 months.
- Wait until the heart has reached the size of a beautiful apple before harvesting your head cabbages
- For a winter harvest, the cabbages must imperatively be headed before the first frosts
Diseases of kale
The main enemy of cabbage in general remains themildew. Moisture is the main cause of the development of late blight.
- Avoid watering the foliage
- Do not tighten the plants too much to ventilate the foliage as much as possible
- Find our advice for fight against mildew
Kale is also prone to cabbage worm, this caterpillar that devours cabbages.
Smart tip about kale
Provide your cabbages with nutrients (fertilizer, manure compost and algae) to stimulate growth and above all to improve your harvest!
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- Brussels sprouts
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