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Alive Vates Kale

Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea

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# of seeds per packet: 100 / Certified Organic

Description

55 days. This curly green kale is the result of years of selection by Oregon’s Don Tipping of Seven Seeds Farm, and we just love it! Leaves are tender and frilly. Plants are taller than Blue Curled Vates, which is good if you can’t keep up with the weeds. We love how easy kale is to grow - plant once in the spring and you quickly have greens that grow all the way through fall (and even into winter if the plants are protected). The breeding of Alive Vates began as a large population of six different strains of green curly kale which were exposed to a frosty Oregon winter with outdoor temperatures as low as 5°F – the survivors were then let to cross with each other. The result is a “grex” – a diverse population of plants from which Don continues to select for desired traits. Great for all kale uses but especially for kale chips and massaged kale salad. Open Source Seed Initiative Pledged. Seeds grown by Seven Seeds Farm.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Kale tolerates cold weather so it can be started extra early. Start kale seeds indoors 3/1 at 72-85° (can use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-8. Transplant outside 3/27, 12” apart. Or, sow kale seeds directly outside anytime 3/27 – 8/1. If sowing seeds outside, plant 3-4 seeds together in a group ¼ ” deep, spaced 10” between groups. Keep seeds evenly moist until germination. Thin to the strongest plant in each group. For baby kale, broadcast sow seeds 2-3” apart. Protect kale plants from deer, groundhogs, and rabbits which will devour them. Kale plants may be eaten by European Cabbageworm (which is the caterpillar of the small white butterfly that flits around the garden). If they cause significant damage, hand remove caterpillars or spray organic BT.

 Harvest:

Baby Leaves, for cut-and-come-again: when leaves are 3-4”, cut entire plant with scissors 1-2" above soil level so you don’t damage the growing crown. Plants will re-grow so you can return for many harvests. Mature Kale: harvest individual leaves off of mature plants once they are 2 months old. Don’t remove more than 1/3 of the leaves at one time. 

 Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Kale is somewhat difficult to save seed from. Kale plants must overwinter in order to bloom and produce seed. Sometimes kale plants will survive the winter with protection. Kale is in the Brassica family so it is insect pollinated and cross-pollinated. Kale will cross with any Brassica oleracea that are flowering at the same time (broccoli, collards, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, cauliflower). Isolation distance: ½ mile. It can suffer from inbreeding depression if you don’t save seeds from enough plants. Minimum population size: 10-50 plants. To harvest seed, allow plants to flower and collect seed from mature pods.

 

 


 




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Description

55 days. This curly green kale is the result of years of selection by Oregon’s Don Tipping of Seven Seeds Farm, and we just love it! Leaves are tender and frilly. Plants are taller than Blue Curled Vates, which is good if you can’t keep up with the weeds. We love how easy kale is to grow - plant once in the spring and you quickly have greens that grow all the way through fall (and even into winter if the plants are protected). The breeding of Alive Vates began as a large population of six different strains of green curly kale which were exposed to a frosty Oregon winter with outdoor temperatures as low as 5°F – the survivors were then let to cross with each other. The result is a “grex” – a diverse population of plants from which Don continues to select for desired traits. Great for all kale uses but especially for kale chips and massaged kale salad. Open Source Seed Initiative Pledged. Seeds grown by Seven Seeds Farm.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Kale tolerates cold weather so it can be started extra early. Start kale seeds indoors 3/1 at 72-85° (can use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-8. Transplant outside 3/27, 12” apart. Or, sow kale seeds directly outside anytime 3/27 – 8/1. If sowing seeds outside, plant 3-4 seeds together in a group ¼ ” deep, spaced 10” between groups. Keep seeds evenly moist until germination. Thin to the strongest plant in each group. For baby kale, broadcast sow seeds 2-3” apart. Protect kale plants from deer, groundhogs, and rabbits which will devour them. Kale plants may be eaten by European Cabbageworm (which is the caterpillar of the small white butterfly that flits around the garden). If they cause significant damage, hand remove caterpillars or spray organic BT.

 Harvest:

Baby Leaves, for cut-and-come-again: when leaves are 3-4”, cut entire plant with scissors 1-2" above soil level so you don’t damage the growing crown. Plants will re-grow so you can return for many harvests. Mature Kale: harvest individual leaves off of mature plants once they are 2 months old. Don’t remove more than 1/3 of the leaves at one time. 

 Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Kale is somewhat difficult to save seed from. Kale plants must overwinter in order to bloom and produce seed. Sometimes kale plants will survive the winter with protection. Kale is in the Brassica family so it is insect pollinated and cross-pollinated. Kale will cross with any Brassica oleracea that are flowering at the same time (broccoli, collards, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, cauliflower). Isolation distance: ½ mile. It can suffer from inbreeding depression if you don’t save seeds from enough plants. Minimum population size: 10-50 plants. To harvest seed, allow plants to flower and collect seed from mature pods.

 

 


 


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