Growing Premier Kale Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Brassica oleracea capitata
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- Days to Maturity: 60 days
- Hardiness Zone: All
- Planting Depth: 1/4"
- Plant Spacing: 18-24"
- 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.
Non-GMO Premier 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 eighteen to twenty four 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 sixty days after sowing. Continuous harvesting is possible if the bud is kept intact.
Premier Kale (Brassica oleracea capitata) has smooth leaves compared to other varieties of kale. It waits 3-4 weeks longer than other kales to bolt. 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, but do not over water. A higher yield than most other types of kale. Kale is versatile, and can be made into crunchy kale chips, added to soups and stews, steamed, blanched, added to stir fries 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 repeatedly harvested for a few weeks if lower leaves are clipped, the upper leaves continue growing.