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General information

  • Brassica oleracea var. acephala, Kale
  • Brassicaceae family
  • Sunlight: full sun to part shade. Prefers full sun in spring and fall, but can benefit from light shade during hot weather.
  • Soil Conditions: prefers well-drained, fertile soil high in organic matter. Needs plentiful, consistent moisture.

Successful cultivars

  • Winterbor (60 days) Blue-green curly leaves.
  • Lacinato Heirloom (65-80 days) Known as Dinosaur kale, tall, sweet, mild, blue-green leaves.
  • Dwarf Blue Curled Vates Heirloom (55 days) Low, short, curly, blue-green leaves.

Common pests and diseases

  • Cutworm
  • Cabbage looper
  • Cabbageworm
  • Flea beetle
  • Cabbage root maggot
  • Harlequin bug
  • Clubroot

This publication was created by Master Gardeners Rick Judd and Gail Hermenau. Photos courtesy of Gail Hermenau.

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