How to Grow Ornamental Flowering Kale Plants
Annual, Brassica Oleracea
Flowering Kale is a showy, ornamental plant, grown for its colorful leaves.
In the Fall, when other flowers are dying off, Kale gives off a generous
splash of color. The cool weather Flowering Kale plant, grows better in cool,
and even cold weather.
Native to Europe, the plants grow a mounded rosette of deeply lobed,
outer leaves in a range of green hues. The colorful center leaves include
in pink, white, purple and reds.
These biennials form a head in the first year. In the second year, they produce
flowers and seeds. Many people do not know this, and treat the plant as an
Flowering Kale is edible landscaping. When you are done admiring their colorful
display, you can eat the leaves in salads, and any recipe where regular vegetable
garden Kale is used. See other Edible
Try growing Flowering Kale in rock gardens, along walking paths, in containers
or window boxes.
Plant Height: 12" - 18"
Flowering Kale is grown from seed. Plants are grown from seeds. Directly
sow seeds into your flower garden.
You can also start seeds indoors, 4 - 6 weeks prior to transplanting.
Seeds are quick sprouting.
Days to Germination: 5 - 10
How to Grow Flowering Kale Plants:
Grow Flowering Kale plants in full sun. They will tolerate partial shade.
We recommend partial shade, when growing them in hot regions of the country.
Grow in rich, well drained soil.
This cool weather flower, prefers cool soil and air temperatures 50 to 60
degrees, or lower. After the first frost, it will continue growing.
Keep soil moist, not wet. Water as needed, especially during dry weather.
Fertilize plants once a month, with a fertilizer high in nitrogen. Liquid
fertilizers work best for fast growth.
Mulch around plants for a neat and tidy appearance, and to help keep the
soil cool and moist.
If you eat the leaves, they are bitter in warm or hot weather,. They will
turn sweeter after the first frost.
Flowers Bloom: Summer through Winter..
Insect and Disease:
Cabbage Loopers are a common problem. Pick by hand. Cabbage worms and root
maggots can also be a problem. If you are not going to eat the Kale, use
insecticides, as needed.
Disease problems are infrequent.
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