Don’t let the size of the Tronchuda kale’s leaves alarm you. Despite their enormous size—up to 24 inches across—this kale is tender and full of flavor. The flat blue-green leaves resemble a loose head of cabbage, and are delicious in soups. Also known as Portuguese kale, the leaves have more of a cabbage flavor than other kales. The ribs and stems are white and also tasty. This plant is more heat tolerant than other cultivars.
- full sun (six to 12 hours)
- 6.0 to 7.5
- zones 3 to 9
- ideal temperature: 45 to 85 degrees F
- thin to 2 feet apart
- plant rows 2 feet apart
- 1 to 1 1/2 inches per week
- 80 to 85 days to maturity
- direct sow or seedlings
- cold hardy and heat tolerant
- plant after spring frost and eight weeks before fall frost
- grows up to 2 feet tall, 3 feet wide
- good in soups, salads, and smoothies
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