Seeds - Kale, Rainbow Lacinato OG (F)
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Description: A brilliant variation on one of the most popular kales, Lacinato aka Dinasour Kale. 'Rainbow' has vivid violet and burgundy stems accenting the huge bumpy green leaves. Exceptionally cold hardy.
Pack Size: 100 seeds (sows 10' row)
Latin Name: Brassica oleracea
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 8 days to microgreen, 25 days to baby green, 50 days to full size
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 50 - 80 cm (18- 30 inches)
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 5 - 10 days at 21ºC.
Indoors: 4 weeks before planting out. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting Out: Plant in well-drained fertile soil once seedlings are established 2 - 3 weeks before last frost date.
Outdoors: Direct seed a couple of weeks before the last frost, when soil is workable.
Planting Depth: 1/4". Cover lightly.
Spacing: 3" apart in rows 24" apart. When plants are 2" tall, thin to 6".
Fertilizing (Containers): Plant in a quality, organic-based potting mix with good drainage. Fertilize regularly with organic plant food. Jobes organic spikes are easy and effective!
Watering (Containers): Check regularly. Water deeply when the soil feels dry to the touch.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Not well-suited for mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden recently amended with quality compost such as Sea Soil. No further fertilizing required.
Watering (Garden): Water plants daily to get roots established (about two weeks). Once established, water only as required.
Harvesting: Cut leaves in 30 days for baby kale. The entire plant can be harvested in 60 days. Multiple sowings will ensure a continuous supply. Flavor is sweeter when leaves get nipped by frost.
Suitability for Indoors: Not well-suited for indoors. Compact varieties of Kale are better-suited to growing indoors.