Collard, Vates (Brassica oleracea) - 200 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Easy to grow
Very high yielding, Vates is disease and frost resistant while maturing earlier than standard collards. Dark, blue-green nutritious leaves, best to grow throughout the summer and harvest as a fall crop, timing your collards to harvest around first frost.
Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium, a rich source of vitamin K, and a good source of iron, vitamin B-6, and magnesium. They also contain thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and choline.
Direct sowing Collard seeds is the recommended practice, but it is possible to get a head start on the crops and start indoors. If you want to start indoors, do so 3-4 weeks before last frost, ¼ - ½ inches deep. Keep the soil moist at 70°. As soon as seedling emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill, or grow them 3-4 inches under fluorescent lights for 16 hours a day, off for 8 hours. Raise lights as they grow taller. Please note, the plants will need to be accustomed to outside life before transplanting them. You can get them ready for the garden by moving them to a location sheltered from wind and hot sun, bringing them back inside if frost is a threat. Sow directly ¼ to ½ deep into your garden in rows 30 inches apart. Make sure area has well-drained soil in full sun. Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days depending on weather and soil conditions.