This variety of kale is enormous, with leaves that can grow to as long as 3 feet! Even with their huge size, these kale leaves are tender and delicious. Thousandhead kale has been grown in the UK for decades as a fodder crop for sheep and cattle, and relatively recently it’s made its way into restaurants and kitchens as a tasty side dish. This kale is more tolerant of less than ideal soil conditions than some other varieties, and does not usually fall victim to pests or diseases.
- full sun (six to eight hours)
- 6.0 to 7.5
- zones 3 to 9
- ideal temperature: 45 to 85 degrees F
- thin to 2 to 3 feet apart
- plant rows 3 feet apart
- 1 to 1 1/2 inches per week
- 50 to 65 days to maturity
- direct sow or seedlings
- cold hardy
- plant after spring frost and eight weeks before fall frost
- grows up to 5 feet tall, 6 feet wide
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