Growing Collards, also Collard greens, Borekale

Brassica sp. : Brassicaceae / the mustard or cabbage family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S                  
      T                
      P P              

(Best months for growing Collards in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • P = Sow seed
  • Easy to grow. Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 16 - 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 8-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chili, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard
  • Collard leaves

Leafy, green vegetable - heat tolerant so a good substitute for kale and cabbage in tropical areas. Also recommended for health reasons.

For best flavor and texture, leaves should be picked before they reach their maximum size.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Collards

Slice and steam or use in stir-fry

Your comments and tips

17 Sep 22, Virginia Cantrell (USA - Zone 9b climate)
When do I plant fall garden. Collards, broccoli, and cabbage
28 Aug 22, Darlene Gibbs (USA - Zone 8a climate)
It is August 28th. Is it too late to plant collard greens?
04 Sep 22, (USA - Zone 8a climate)
Plant Aug - Sept it says.
17 Aug 22, Ethel woodson (USA - Zone 8a climate)
It's super hot in texas right now. Can I still sow my Vate Collard seeds right now or should i wait till Oct.,?
04 Sep 22, (USA - Zone 8a climate)
Plant Aug Sept - if really hot protect them from the sun for some of the day. Shade cloth or something.
25 Jul 22, Moses Malatji (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Where can I buy collard green seeds or seedlings in South Afica? I live in Krugersdorp and Rustenburg.
05 Mar 22, Pat Chubb… (Canada - Zone 3a Temperate Short Summer climate)
Do collard greens have the same problems in the garden as cabbage? For instance- cabbage moths?
09 Mar 22, (Canada - zone 4a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Keep a close eye on them and tell us what happens. Bst to plant when the moths aren't about, when there is little rain for insects and bugs to breed.
13 Dec 21, arthur (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where can I buy Collard Green Champion in Johannesburg
05 May 21, Rolanda (USA - Zone 9b climate)
My collard seeds did germinate but they aren't growing beyond the first set of leaves. What his happening?
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Try seed selling companies on the net.

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