Seeds - Collards, Champion (Greens) OG
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Description: Collards are a nutritious relative of cabbage. The large leaves are prepared by boiling or steaming and served as a side dish much like spinach. Among the most popular veggies in the southern US! Collards become more nutritious through the cooking process. "Champion" remains tender longer than others. Collards are cold-tolerant and can be harvested even after snow has fallen!
Pack Size: 1/32 ounce
Latin Name: Brassica oleracea var. acephala
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 70 days
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 65 - 85 cm (24 - 36 inches)
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 7 - 14 days at 10 - 22ºC. Can be sown quite cool.
Outdoors: Direct sow in spring, once the ground is workable. Will tolerate light frost. Sow in early July for a fall crop.
Planting depth: 1/4 "
Spacing: Sow 3 seeds every 18 - 24". Thin to the strongest seedling.
Harvesting: Avoid the oldest leaves. Harvest by cutting upper leaves (if you wish to maintain an ongoing crop), otherwise harvest the whole plant.
Growing in Containers: Ideal for raised beds, but not smaller containers.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Not well-suited to mixed planters.
- Companion plants: dill, rosemary, sage, thyme and chamomile can all be useful between collards.
- Vegetables that benefit collards: potatoes, celery, beets. onions, mint and nasturtiums.
Pest/Disease Issues: Floating row covers deter pests such as cabbage moths and flea beetles.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.