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Kalettes

Kalettes are an exciting new cross between Kale and Brussels Sprouts that are all the rage with veggie gardeners and chefs in recent years. Picture a Brussels Sprouts plant, but instead of what looks like little mini Cabbages growing along the tall stalk, imagine little heads of ruffled Kale. These “florets” are tender, sweet and milder-tasting than both Kale and Brussels Sprouts (more nutritious, too!), and are divine both raw and lightly cooked in a never-ending parade of simple and delicious recipes. They truly do live up to the hype, but require a bit of patience to grow. Sow seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting out, 18” apart, 14 weeks before the first fall frost date. Water regularly, especially in dry weather, and fertilize lightly but often. Harvest when the florets are open and about 2” wide, well into fall. Kalettes get even better after a couple of frosts. Average seed life: 3 years.

Autumn Star Kalettes

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New! 110 days. Autumn Star is an early-season Kalette variety for earlier harvests. Its florets are blue-green with lavender veins, growing on a deep lavender stalk. (F1.)

One packet of about 25 seeds

PLEASE NOTE: This new item will begin shipping in mid-January, 2020.
Catalog #1490
$6.95
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Gardening Tips

Kalettes Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4” -1/2”
Row Spacing2’- 2 ½’
Plant Spacing:18”
Days to Germination:9-15 days
Germination Temperature:70°-75°F

Kalettes are a cross between Kale and Brussels Sprouts. Picture a Brussels Sprouts plant, but instead of what looks like little mini Cabbages growing along the tall stalk, imagine little heads of ruffled Kale. These “florets” are tender, sweet and milder-tasting than both Kale and Brussels Sprouts. Kalettes require a bit of patience to grow. Sow seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting out, 14 weeks before the first fall frost date. Plant 2 to 3 seeds per 3” pot. Thin to the strongest seedling in each pot. Plant out 18” apart into well-draining, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Water regularly, especially in dry weather, and fertilize lightly but often. Harvest when the florets are open and about 2” wide, well into fall. Kalettes get even better after a couple of frosts. A member of the Brassica family, Kalettes should not be grown in the same site as other Brassicas for 4 years.

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