Growing Black Tuscan Kale Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Brassica oleracea var. sabellica
- Other Names: Dinosuaur Kale, Lacinato
- Days to Maturity: 65-80 days
- Hardiness Zone: 4-11
- Planting Depth: 1/4"
- Plant Spacing: 15-18"
- Row Spacing: 2'
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Moist, rich in nutrients. PH level between 6.5 and 6.8
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full or partial sun
- Diseases/pests/problems: Over watering can cause damage to the plant. Susceptible to cabbageworms, slugs, grasshoppers and aphids.
- Color: Dark Green
- Flavor: Green, earthy flavor
Seeds Per Package:
- 1 oz - Approximately 8,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 32,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 128,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 640,000 Seeds
- 25 lb - Approximately 3,200,000 Seeds
Non-GMO Black Tuscan Kale seeds can be grown in all grow zones, with full or partial sun. Directly sow the seeds one fourth of an inch deep in moist, rich soil, with a pH level between 6.5 and 6.8. Space the seeds fifteen to eighteen inches apart, with two feet between rows. While growing, the soil must be kept moist, but care must be taken to not over water the plants. The outer leaves can be harvested between fifty five and sixty days after sowing. Continuous harvesting is possible if the bud is kept intact.
Black Tuscan Kale (Brassica oleracea 'Lacinato'), is a highly nutritious plant, and part of the mustard family. It’s leaves are crumpled, but not curled like most other kale varieties. It will over winter in most zones. Considered by some to be the best tasting kale, the flavor is not too bitter. Frost actually improves the flavor as kale prefers a cooler environment. Water well during hotter months, but do not over water. Lucinato Kale is great steamed, in salads, and soups. Can be repeatedly harvested for a few weeks if lower leaves are harvested and the center bud is left intact. The long flat leaves make it great for making kale chips. Delicious and tender when stir-fried or steamed. The leaves of this extremely winter-hardy variety become sweeter after a hard frost or harvest leaves when young and tender.