Tender and sweet, much more heat tolerant than any other kale
Tender and sweet, much more heat tolerant than any other kale, this traditional heirloom comes directly from Portugal where it is a center stage vegetable beloved for its mild but rich flavor and easy culture. This vigorous variety is milder and sweeter than other cole crops.Brassicaceae Brassica oleracea costata
Couve tronchuda, the loose leaf Brassica with the hard to pronounce name, originated in Portugal and is an easily grown and versatile plant. It is commonly known as Portuguese Kale. As a Brassica that doesn’t form a compact head, it resembles collards, but it is different in that it produces thick succulent midribs (costata means ribbed), almost like bok choy. Like the collard it is more tolerant of warm weather than most Brassicas. It is hardy enough to tolerate light frost and this can actually improve its flavor.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 58-63 (Spring/Summer), 60-65 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
This variety will keep growing and producing right through the winter in milder areas and can be extremely frost tolerant.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall Transplant, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Warm
This variety grows well in both heat and cold, and is more heat tolerant than other Kale plants. In mild climates it will continue growing right through the winter.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 0°F - 80°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Kale is pretty hardy and can go into the ground when it is still fairly cold. However it will germinate and grow faster in warmer soil.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool, Warm)
Kale will be most productive in full sun, though it will tolerate partial shade.
Kale must have plenty of water for maximum productivity and best quality.
Low nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous.
Kale has similar nutritional requirements as cabbage, in that it needs a significant amount of phosphorus and potassium but not a lot of nitrogen.
Early varieties require a higher soil fertility than mid or late-season varieties.
- Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost, Needs summer shade
- Small Gardens?
You can grow a single kale plant in a one gallon pot or groups of plants in larger containers. Make sure that your container has drainage holes. Fill with a mixture of potting soil and compost and water thoroughly. In hot weather you should keep them out of direct sun.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Mild and sweet flavor.