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Rainbow Lacinato Kale

Rainbow Lacinato Kale

Brassica oleracea

Grown by: Green Things Farm Collective in Ann Arbor, MI

  • $5.00

This unique "purple dino" kale has dark green, savoyed leaves with bright purple stems and veins. Tender and tasty, growing sweeter after a frost. After frost, many plants will also turn bright purple! This is a very diverse mix resulting from a cross between winter hardy Redbor and Lacinato. For continuous harvests, snap large leaves off from the bottom of the stem and allow the top to continue producing. Originally developed by Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed, this is a OSSI (Open Source Seed Initiative) Pledged Variety.

Certified organic.

Days to maturity: 65

Seeds per pack: 100

Germination rate: 88% on 10/2023

Planting / harvesting notes

Either start indoors or direct sow. Sow seeds 1/4" deep in potting soil 4-8 weeks before the last frost, and transplant 1-2' apart just before the last frost. In Fall, We direct sow our seeds 1/4" deep every few inches, and cover with hoops and plastic row covers. In the Spring, we thin the plants to one every 12-18" (24" for seed production), eating the thinnings. Regularly harvest these delicious leaves when young and tender!

Seed keeping notes

Isolate by 1/2 mile from other flowering members of B. oleracea, including Collards, Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Brussels Sprouts to avoid unwanted cross-pollination. Allow seed pods to turn brown and dry before seed harvest. Protect from birds.

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