Kale, Black Magic (Brassica oleracea) - 250 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•65 days to maturity
•USDA Zones: 3-8
This head-turning Tuscan variety is the kale of choice for the garden gourmand. Black Magic is a winter-hardy kale with long and narrow, crinkled leaves, so dark green they're almost black! Its rich flavor that only improves with frost. If you're impatient to harvest, go for it--you can use it as a baby leaf kale or wait until its mature stage. This particular variety of kale makes excellent kale chips! Bake with a splash of oil and your favorite spice mix.
Kale prefers a fertile, well-drained soil high in organic matter with a pH range of 6.0–7.5. Consistent moisture will produce the best quality leaves.
Direct Seed: Plant from early spring to approximately 3 months before expected fall frost. For bunching, sow 3–4 seeds every 12–18", ½" deep, in rows 18–36" apart. Thin to 1 plant per group. For baby leaf production, sow 60 seeds/ft. in a 2–4" wide band ¼–½" deep.
EARLY SPRING CROP:
Sow 2 seeds per cell or 3–4 seeds per inch in 20-row flats, or in outdoor beds ¼" deep. Seedlings should be ready to transplant in 4–6 weeks. If possible keep soil temperature over 75°F until germination then reduce air temperature to about 60°F (16°C). Transplant outdoors 12–18" apart in rows 18–36" apart. Kale prefers cooler growing temperatures, between 55–75°F (13–24°C), optimum being 60–70°F (16–21°C), but will produce good crops under warmer, summer conditions.
Start seedlings as above and transplant to the garden in June–early August. To ensure mature heads, seed the crop earlier in areas where heavy freezes occur early in fall.
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