Description for Green Kale Edible
Brassica oleracea L. is the scientific name of the kale. The leaves grow from a central stem that elongates as it grows. Kale is a hardy biennial (it take two years to go to flower and complete its life-cycle), but it is usually grown as an annual. The leaves grow from a central stem that elongates as it grows. Kale seeds resemble those of cabbage in size, form, and color.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Kale, Leaf cabbage||Yellow||Warm weather||Up to 3 feet (Few varieties may grow up to 5 feet)||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
If you are starting them inside, then do so 5 to 7 weeks before the last expected frost. If you are direct sowing the seeds outside, do so 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost and/or anytime at least 10 weeks before the first frost of the next season. Space them 18 to 24 inches apart (for the transplanted plantlets). Set plants at the depth of half an inch or 1 inch. They sprout best when the soil temperature is around 70 degrees.
|Full sun (Can tolerate partial shade)||Loamy, well-drained, moist (but not soggy) soil||Moderate||16 to 28 degrees C||Use any organic fertilizer specially rich in nitrogen and can add cottonseed meal, or composted manure.|
Caring for Green Kale Edible
- Avoid too much acidic soil.
- Mulch with compost, finely ground leaves, weed-free hay, straw, pine needles, or finely ground bark to keep the soil cool and moist and to keep down weeds.
- Look for insects like aphids or larvae, and apply with organic insecticide.
Fall. Pick the oldest leaves from the lowest section of the plants.
Typical uses of Green Kale Edible
Special features: Edible foliage
Culinary use: It is a part of food culture at various places.
Ornamental use: This plant can be planted for foliage.
Medicinal use: It has good amount of nutrient contents.