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Blue Scotch Curled Kale

Blue Scotch Curled Kale

Blue Scotch Curled Kale

Blue Scotch Curled Kale

Blue Scotch Curled Kale

This heirloom variety is stunning in a fall vegetable garden. The plants are compact with crinkly blue-green leaves. A light frost makes the leaves taste sweeter. Add them to a stew in a slow cooker, pop some leaves into a blender for a nutritious smoothie, or harvest young leaves for salad.

Sun Exposure

  • full sun (six to 12 hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.5

Hardiness Zones

  • zones 3 to 9
  • ideal temperature: 45 to 85 degrees F


  • thin to 8 inches apart
  • plant rows 2 feet apart


  • 1 to 1 1/2 inches per week


  • 55 to 65 days to maturity
  • direct sow or seedlings
  • cold hardy and heat tolerant
  • will tolerate some shade
  • plant after spring frost and eight weeks before fall frost
  • suitable for container growing
  • grows up to 16 inches tall, 2 feet wide
  • good in soups, salads, and smoothies

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