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Homesteader's Kaleidoscopic Perennial Kale
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Homesteader's Kaleidoscopic Perennial Kale (20 seeds) (WWE261) $4.00

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Homesteader's Kaleidoscopic Perennial Kale

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Unlike anything you’ve grown before — kale reimagined as a truly perennial vegetable! Oregon-based plant breeder Chris Homanics has worked for years to develop this unique perennial kale population. You’ll find an astounding diversity of forms, from ruffled to smooth, tall and skinny to wide and flat, in hues of purple, red, yellow, and occasional wintertime splashes of pink or white. Each seedling will display its own distinctive character, though the whole grex (Latin for “flock”) was selected for its delicious flavor and texture — coveted by chefs and eaters alike. There’s nothing else like it in the world! Not your typical garden kale, these will need 3ft+ spacing as they often become shrubs with sprawling branches. Several rare perennial bush kales were brought together, including ‘Purple Tree Collard’ and ‘Daubenton,’ and thousands of plants were screened with only the longest living and hardiest making the cut. They have proven hardy in many regions of the country, even in cold states like Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Most will survive to around Zone 6 (~10°F minimum), possibly lower if mulched. Growers in warm climates will find they also hold up well during long periods of drought. Most plants will continue growing new side branches even after flowering — and some may not even flower at all. In the fall of their second year you can take cuttings of older woody stems to propagate more of your favorite plants and share with friends. Chris is grateful to his friend Graham for making the initial cross and his years of collaboration around perennial kale. Growers are welcome to share results and volunteer to help further improve this perennial kale by joining Chris’ Experimental Farm Network project page. NOTE: This seed is released under the OSSI pledge: “You have the freedom to use these OSSI seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.” As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Seed Quarantine, this seed was tested by Oregon State University and found to be free from Blackleg fungus (*Leptosphaeria maculans*).

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