Vates Blue Scotch Curled Kale - Vegetable Garden Seed
Vates Blue Curled Kale (Brassica oleracea var acephala) is a highly nutritious plant, and part of the cabbage family. It’s more compact than other kale varieties. It will over winter in most zones, but can be planted in in the spring or the fall. Frost actually improves the flavor as kale prefers a cooler environment. Water well during hotter months.
Kale is versatile, and can be made into crunchy kale chips, added to soups and stews, cooked by itself, and is a delicious addition to salads. Believe it or not, the bitter flavor is lessened when the leaves are gently massaged just before eating or adding to recipes.
Kale can be continually harvested for a few weeks if outer leaves are harvested and the center bud is left intact.
Latin Name: Brassica oleracea var acephala
Variety: Vates Blue Curled
Other Names: Blue Vates Kale, Blue Curled Scotch
Seeds per Oz: Approx 8,500
Days to Maturity: Approx 50-59
Open Pollinated: Yes
Plant Type: Biennial
Hardiness Zone: All Zones
Uses: Cooking, Microgreen
Temp Preference: Cooler
Light Preference: Full Sun, Partial Shade in the hot climates
Comments: Milder flavor, yet tougher leaves than other Kale varieties
|Seed Planting Depth
||Seeds per Gram
||Days to Germination
||100' Row Yield
||45 to 75 F
||5 to 10
Sowing: Can be sown indoors or outdoors. Plant from early spring, to midsummer for a fall crop. Plant ½ inch down and cover with ¼ inch of soil. Water lightly.
Transplanting: Prep the bed, by turning the soil under 8 inches. Dig a hole big enough for the entire root structure. Loosen the dirt around the root structure, and place the plant in the whole covering the roots. Water thoroughly. Holes should be at least 18 inches apart.
Soil Preference: A rich fertile loam, well drained. It’s best to add fertilizer. Can grow in alkaline soil.
Other Tips: Leaves can be harvested as soon as a month after planting, leaves can then be harvested by preference.
Growing Blue Curled Kale Microgreens
Vates Blue Curled Kale Seeds: brassica oleracea
Seeding: Approximately 1 Oz of seed for a 10 in. x 20 in. tray
Seed Presoak: No
Growing Medium: hydroponic, soil
Preferred Medium: hydroponic for microgreens, soil for baby greens
Germination Rate: high
Germination Time: 2 to 3 days
Microgreens Harvest time: 8 to 12 days
Microgreens Ideal Harvest: 10 days
Baby Salad / Adult Stage Harvest: 16+ days (grow in soil)
Micro Greens Color: green
Micro Greens Flavor: fresh, mild
- Microgreens & baby salad greens
- Garnishes & sandwiches
- Survival Food Storage
- Cooking & seasoning
Notes & Growing Tips: Kale microgreens are easy to grow, and fairly fast growers. Hydroponic is the best choice on these delicious greens. We recommend flipping the lid to stress the greens on day 4 and 5, before exposing fully to light.
Flavor & Culinary Tips:
Kale has a nice mild flavor. It makes a great choice as a base to any micro greens salad because it resembles the flavor of traditional romaine and red leaf lettuces.
***Note: Although we have indicated the specific medium that this particular seed prefers, you can still experiment with either soil or hydroponic mediums. Results may vary.