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Flowering Kale Nagoya Red

55-60 days.

Brassica oleracea, also known as flowering or Ornamental Kale is a favorite of many gardeners. Its easy maintenance and striking foliage colors make Flowering Kale an excellent choice for seasoned and amateur gardeners alike. Planting Kale seeds is easy for most gardeners.

It is best to sow the seeds directly into the garden, where they are to grow. The exact timing for sowing and planting will depend on your local conditions. Sow your seeds about six to ten weeks before the first anticipated frost. Plant the seeds in rows, spaced 18 to 24 inches apart, and allowing 6 inches between seeds. Cover the seeds with 1/8 inch of fine soil, and pack it lightly. Keep the soil moderately moist during germination. Kale seeds require light for germination, so do not cover them with soil. The seeds will germinate and sprout in one or two weeks, depending upon weather and soil warmth. When the young plants are about 3 inches tall, thin them out leaving the strongest and best plants spaced about 18 to 24 inches apart.

The plants thrive in cool weather and full sun. They will bolt, or try to flower, in hot weather.Take care to minimize root damage and provide a liquid fertilizer to water them in well while providing quick access to nutrients for establishment. Flowering Kale is rarely affected by pests. Aphids and cabbage loopers will cause minor damage. These conditions may be treated with organic or synthetic pesticides as needed.

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