Lacinato, Kale Seed

Kale

Lacinato, Kale Seed

Kale

The Lacinato is an old heirloom kale that has very large tender leaves! Lacinato, aka Dinosaur kale, Black Magic or Toscano, is one of our most popular varieties of kale. This variety is popular for fresh markets or in the home garden. This kale variety is nicknamed dinosaur kale for its bumpy and scaly leaf the resembles the skin of a dinosaur. Lacinato's leaves are large, dark blue-green, and very flavorful and are most tender if picked young when they are less than 12" long. Lacinato produces high yields and can be harvested continually from the outside leaves or all at once.
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Product Details

Plant Height

16-Dec

Botanical Name

Brassica oleracea

Seed Type

Seed

Seeds Per Gram

333

Seeds Per Pound

149200

Row Spacing

18-36"

Packet

1,000 seeds

Sow Depth

1/2"

Seeds Per Ounce

9325

Breed

Heirloom,Open-pollinated

Sun

Partial

Life Cycle

Annual

Sow Method

Transplant

Plant Spacing

12"

Categories

Kale

Zones

3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Germination

11,12,13,14,7,8,9,10

Days To Maturity (# Days)

30-65

Weight

0.008

Depth

0.1

Height

4.5

Width

3.25

Growing Instructions

Learning Download: How to Grow Kale

The leafy green vegetable is commonly known as a cool-weather crop best for growth in the spring and fall seasons, but kale is hardy and can adapt to warmer environments.

Before Planting: Kale prefers a fertile, well-drained soil. Ideal pH is 7.0. Keep soil consistently moist for best quality leaves.

Planting: For direct seeding, plant from early spring to approximately 10 weeks before expected fall frost. For bunching, sow 2-3 seeds every 12–18″, ½” deep, in rows 18–36″ apart. Thin to 1 plant per group. For baby leaf production, sow 30 seeds/ft. at ½” deep. If transplanting, sow indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Plant 2-3 seeds per cell and thin to 1 plant when true leaves appear. Keep soil moist for best results. Germinate at 65F. Transplant when plants are 6″ tall at every 12-18″ for bunching.

Watering: Water regularly to keep the soil moist, as this keeps the leaves crisp and sweet.

Fertilizer: Upon planting the seeds, fertilize with a 5-10-10 fertilizer. Mix 1 ó cups of fertilizer with the top 3 to 4 inches of soil for a 25-foot row of kale. Throughout its growing season, you can fertilize kale with a side dressing of compost every six to eight weeks.

Days to Maturity: Kale can be grown to its full size or harvested when the leaves are small and tender. Kale is ready to harvest when its leaves are the size of your hand. It usually takes up to 95 days for kale to be ready after planting it from seed.

Harvesting: When leaves are correct size harvest by clipping individual leaves. Kale is very hardy, and the eating quality will improve into the late fall with light frost. Protecting with row covers can extend the harvest period late into fall.

Tips: Mulch around the plants to prevent dirt sticking to the leaves of the kale and potentially rotting it.

AVG. Direct Seeding Rate: For bunching: 1,000 seeds/220′, 1 oz./1,110′, 1 lb./24,000′. For baby leaf: 1,000 seeds/16′, 1 oz/115′, 1 lb./1,840′.

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