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Thousandhead Kale

Thousandhead Kale

Thousandhead Kale

Thousandhead Kale

Thousandhead Kale

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.

Sun Exposure

  • full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.5

Hardiness Zones

  • 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

Have you ever grown Thousandhead kale? Please tell us about your experiences with Thousandhead kale.


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