Seeds - Art Pack - Dino Kale OG

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Description: 

This beloved kale variety is the sweetest of them all.

The black-green foliage of this plant is nearly reptilian: deeply hued, rippled, and tough. Despite its rough appearance, it is extremely sweet and tender, a metaphor for our old dog, Kale. It was also Kale's favorite brassica, as it is for gardeners worldwide, who have given it many names: Lacinato, Cavolo Nero, Tuscan Kale, Palm Tree Kale, and Dinosaur Kale. A consistent, long-season garden companion, Dino Kale will never go extinct as long as you grow it each year.

While it isn't quite as cold hardy as its kale cousins, it usually survives most of the winter under a blanket of row cover and snow. The seed we sourced for this particular kale variety was selected after trialing several other sources, and we chose it for it hardiness, vigor, and broad leaves.

Use mature leaves in salads if marinated in an acidic dressing. The flavor is great in pasta dishes, or alone with garlic and olive oil.

Pack Size: 100 seeds

Germination Rate: 5-10 days

Days to Maturity: 60

Latin Name: Brassica oleracea
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 30 days, 60 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".

Growing in Containers: Grows very well in raised beds or very large planters.

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. Flavour 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.

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