Days to Germination:10-14 days
Brassica oleracea. Prized for its decorative foliage, Ornamental Kale performs best in cool weather. Start it indoors in mid summer so that mature plants will be ready for fall and winter display in seasonal containers and garden borders. Sow in seed starting mix in small peat pots or flats. Provide even moisture, good air circulation and strong light. Once plants have 4 true leaves, transplant into 10" pots or to a temporary garden with rich, organic soil and afternoon shade. Excessive heat can cause enlongated stems. Water frequently. Feed as necessary with liquid organic fertilizer. Use floating row covers for insect protection. Ornamental Kale may not develop its unique magenta-pink or white accent colors until temperatures dip in the fall. Remove lower leaves as they fade. Fall to winter flowering. Height: 10" to 12".