Growing Vates Collard Garden Seeds
Latin Name: Brassica oleracea
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- Days to Maturity: 75-85 days
- Hardiness Zone: 3-12
- Planting Depth: ¼"
- Plant Spacing: 6"
- Row Spacing: 18"
- Growth Habit: Mound
- Soil Preference: PH level of 6 to 6.5, rich soil with organic matter is best.
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full Sun
- Diseases/pests: Susceptible to slugs, snails, and cabbage root maggots.
- Color: Dark green leaves with yellow stems.
- Flavor: similar to spinach and beet
The Vates variety of Collards is a crop that is high in calcium and resistant to light frost. The Vates is an annual crop and reaches maturity seventy to eighty days after being planted. The seeds are slow bolting and produce non-heading leaves and have a mild, cabbage-like flavor, that can be sweetened if exposed to a light frosting while growing.
The Vates Collards can be sown directly outdoors, but can also be sown indoors three to four weeks before the last average frost of the season. The seeds will do best in moist soil with a pH level between 6 and 6.5. This variety of Collards prefers full sun and will need an inch to an inch and a half of water each week while growing. Because wet leaves can spread disease throughout the plant, it's advised to water at soil level, or to water in the morning if doing so from above the plant. This will give the leaves an opportunity to dry throughout the day. After seventy days, the crops will begin to be ready for harvesting. You may harvest the entire plant, or just pick the leaves at the bottom of the plant as needed to allow the buds to continue producing.