Growing Kale, also Borecole

Brassica oleracea sp. : Brassicaceae / the mustard or cabbage family

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

(Best months for growing Kale 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 8°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 50 - 100 cm apart
  • Harvest in 7-10 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, camomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chilli, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard

Your comments and tips

24 Sep 08, Phillip Wheatley (Australia - temperate climate)
I grew Kale (seeds from Green Harvest Maleny Qld) with reasonable results - my wife bought some ornamental Kale plants which eventually went to seed which I collected and grew. Some look a lot like broccoli (they are related)even with small heads forming. Anyone else have this happen?
12 Oct 08, Carrol Hale (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My Tuscan Black Kale seeds came from The Diggers Club - Planted in seedling tray 16th Sep and planted out into the garden 12th Oct. I'm using them as an ornamental between two box hedges as well as for the kitchen - watch this space
24 Oct 08, Phillip Wheatley (Australia - temperate climate)
Re comment of 24 Sep 08 - the heads that formed tasted just like broccoli - usefull plants edible leaves and heads that just kept coming.
03 Feb 09, Lesley (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I live in Southern Highlands district of NSW and I would like to buy seeds to grow curly Kale. Can anyone help ?
05 Feb 09, sharon matthews (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I bought kale online from the lost seed company. They have heaps of heritage varities. They are based in tassie i think.
15 Mar 09, Evelyn (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Kale seed can be bought from Eden Seeds, Green Harvest or Diggers.
26 Apr 09, Janet Campbell (Australia - temperate climate)
Is kale the pretty coloured border plant,seen growing in Canberra recently& Bega N.S.W,some years ago?
29 May 09, Cheryl Prats (Australia - temperate climate)
hi - i would lovke to know where i can buy seedlings or this plant from. i live in Parramatta, west of Sydney. Thank you.
02 Mar 11, Jewel (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in the Sydney Nthn Beaches area, and would also like to know where to buy kale seeds or seedlings, thank you.
02 Jun 09, Barb (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Cheryl, You can readily buy Kale seeds online - some of the good seed companies that carry Kale are:;, or among others. You might find it at a garden shop, but buying seeds online if very easy, and I find them to be fresh good quality seeds.
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If you are planting now, end of Aug or early Sept. Full sun is great in 7b

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