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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*).
Homesteader's Kaleidoscopic Perennial Kale
Overall Rating:
Number of Reviews: 2
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.5

50.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

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13 out of 27 people found the following review helpful:

Murphy, NC, United States
April 19, 2019
Insects LOVE perennial Kales
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0

What are the pros? Pretty

What are the cons? Cabbage moth magnets


My experience with perennial Kales proved disappointing. I purchased 2 Purple Tree Collard and 3 Daubenton Kale plants from other companies in Spring 2018. The plants arrived in excellent condition. They grew very well even with early Summer temps in the low 80's. The problem was iseems every cabbage moth in the county came to feed on these plants, especially the Daubenton. I didn't have the extreme insect problem with the annual Kales I planted. I can only guess the cabbage moths preferred the perennial kales. As I don't like to have my family feast on pesticides, even organic ones, I chose to pull them up and dispose of them. So, be aware perennial Kales may become insect magnets.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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5 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Povoacao, Portugal
April 13, 2019
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0

What are the pros? Hardy

What are the cons? None


Been searching for perennial kale and thought I needed a cutting. Excited to try this plant. May make a hedge of all kale. In Portugal people love it, I'll keep you posted. Drought last summer, hope it handles the heat.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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