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How to Grow Flowering Kale Plants
Biennial, Brassica Oleracea
Flowering Kale is an ornamental plant, grown for its colorful leaves. In the Fall, when other flowers are dying off, Kale cold hardy Kale, provides some of the last color in your flowerbed. This cool weather plant, grows thrives in cool, and cold weather, surviving frosts and even a light freeze.
Native to Europe, the plants grow a mounded rosette of deeply lobed, outer leaves in a range of green hues. The colorful center leaves include in pink, white, purple and reds.
Flowering Kale is a biennial. It forms a head in the first year. In the second year, the plant produces flowers and seeds.
Flowering Kale is an edible landscape. When you are done admiring their colorful display, you can eat the leaves in salads and any recipe where regular vegetable garden Kale is used. See other Edible Flowers
Flowering Kale grows well in rock gardens, along walking paths, in containers or window boxes.
Plant Height: 12" - 18"
Flowering Kale plants are grown from seeds. Directly sow seeds into your flower garden.
You can also start seeds indoors, 4 - 6 weeks prior to transplanting. The plants transplant well.
Seeds are quick sprouting.
Days to Germination: 5 - 10
How to Grow Flowering Kale Plants:
Grow Flowering Kale plants in full sun. The plants tolerate partial shade.
Grow the plants in rich, well drained soil.
This cool weather plant, prefers cool soil and air temperatures 50 to 60 degrees, or lower. After the first frost, it will continue growing.
Keep soil moist, not wet. Water as needed, especially during dry weather.
Fertilize plants once a month, with a fertilizer high in nitrogen. Provide ample amounts of liquid fertilizers, to promote optimum growth.
Mulch around plants for a neat and tidy appearance, and to help keep the soil cool.
If you eat the leaves, they can be bitter, in warm or hot weather,. The leaves will turn sweeter after the first frost.
Flowers Bloom: Summer through Winter..
Insect and Disease:
Cabbage Loopers are a common problem. Pick these bugs by hand. Cabbage worms and root maggots can also be a problem. If you are not going to eat the Kale, use insecticides, as needed.
Disease problems are infrequent.
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