The story goes that Perennial Kale is a green Kale that was crossed with a Brussels Sprout, that was then re-crossed with Purple Sprouting Broccoli. In effect, it has some of the best characteristics of a range of different Brassica plants. It also goes by the name ‘Collard Greens’ and in times gone by it was a firm favourite at the dinner table.
Perennial Kale will give you a steady supply of rich, green leaves with deep red stems throughout the winter. Most Kales go to seed come Spring. However, Perennial Kale will also give you a secondary crop of side shoots. It is a great source of vitamin A, potassium, & calcium, and we think its useful perennial growth habit means it should be re-introduced to our gardens!
What to do when your plants arrive
- Unpack them. Your seedlings will arrive carefully packed in bio-degradable straw, cardboard and paper. They may look a little bit bedraggled from their journey. Don’t panic – this is totally normal and they should soon perk up. Please try and unpack your plants as soon as they arrive, as every extra hour they spend in the box will add to the stress of travelling to their new home.
- Give them a drink. Having spent a day or two in the post, your new plants will be thirsty! Stand them up in some fresh water for a few minutes to make sure their roots have been thoroughly soaked before planting.
- Plant them out into their forever home! Your plants can’t wait to get their roots into the soil. Plant them out according to the instructions that will have come in the box with them. Make sure you water them in well, and give them plenty to drink until their roots have had a chance to get settled.
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Planning your site
Brassicas need deep, firm, moisture retentive soil and like to be planted in a sunny site whether grown in raised beds or a well dug veg patch. We would recommend giving your brassicas up to 45cm between them as they can get quite big (which is how we like them isnt it!)
When you plant your brassicas, a really top tip is to put a 10cm diameter circle of old carpet or cardboard on the soil around the stem. This is known as a brassica collar and it will protect your brassicas from the dreaded cabbage root fly. Regular watering is very important during dry spells and you do not want your plants to dry out in general. Use a liquid nitrogen feed once they’ve started to produce new growth.
What to watch out for
Cabbage White Butterflies are a beautiful but terrible scourge of brassicas! They lay eggs on the plants which soon become very very hungry caterpillars which will decimate your crop unbelievably quickly. If you see white butterflies flitting around then shoo them away or even better, make sure your brassicas are well netted. This will also deter pigeons which are another major problem for good brassica growth. Flea beetles attack swedes and turnips though radishes are the worst affected. Whitefly may cover brassicas and great clouds of them will fly up when the leaves are disturbed though they don’t do too much damage on the whole. Cabbage root fly and club root infection are major problems for brassicas and we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the symptoms and management procedures if you are growing these plants.
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