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Sea Kale (10 seeds) (KA108) $4.50
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Sea Kale

         
 
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(Crambe Maritima ) A robust, perennial cabbage relative native to the rugged coast of Western Europe, along the North Atlantic and to the Black Sea. For such a brawny, salt tolerant kale, it has a surprisingly delicate flavor and highly fragrant flowers and has been wild foraged for thousands of years in its native range. Commonly found growing along the famous shingle beaches in England, locals would cover the emerging shoots to blanch them like asparagus. Sailors would pickle the greens, which are naturally high in Vitamin C, for long sea voyages as a scurvy preventative, hence the nickname scurvy grass. This hardy brassica is perennial to about U.S zone 5, the large tap roots remaining dormant in ground until spring. Until its recent re-discovery by temperate, permaculture gardeners as the perfect perennial green, Sea Kale was considered an arcane vegetable. Thanks to its drought and salt tolerance, nectar rich flowers for feeding the pollinators and culinary versatility, Sea Kale is poised to rise to the top of every gardeners must have list. RARE, hard-to-find, expensive seed, but is a perennial and long lasting plant.
 
Sea Kale
Overall Rating:
         
2.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 4
Easy to Grow 1.5
EarlyMaturity 0.5

50.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Jon
Location:
Fayetteville, AR, United States
Date:
August 15, 2018
          2.0
 
Tricky Seed Starting
Easy to Grow 1.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Potential for perennial kale

What are the cons? Challenging germination

Review:

I took half of my seeds and put them in the fridge with moist peat. I saved the other half anticipating poor germination. After a week or so more than the required amount of cold stratification, I placed the seeds in a window greenhouse. Nothing ever sprouted. With the second half of my seeds I put them directly into the window greenhouse. Still no sprouts, so I put themin the fridge after the warmth. Then I placed them back in the window after I noticed two sprouts while in the cold stratification. Those sprouts were too leggy, but 4 more popped up shortly after. I did not have luck protecting them once planted in the garden. I think some cabbage caterpillars chomped at them and some neglect led to their demise. I do not recommend this plant if you are trying a lot of other new plants in the same growing season.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
HisMermaid
Location:
north coastal, ME, United States
Date:
August 9, 2018
          5.0
 
Challenging but interesting
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Unusual

What are the cons? Nothing I did not know about

Review:

Having read up on this plant, I knew it could be iffy....but fun! Had the same experiences as tamxrahn from CT in their review, planted all seeds as instructed and got one sprout. We kept it under grow lights; the skin of the cotyledons dried somewhat and would not allow them to open, so we used forceps and fine scissors to carefully cut them apart. The seedling took a long time to grow, nearly 4 months but finally yesterday it was planted in our garden. We hope to take a root cutting next year and propagate from that, and also hope for seeds! A bit of a challenge but we think it was worth it. We might try again to grow the plant from these seeds. Sometimes, seeds have their own ways about them.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Sea Kale Grower
Location:
Andover, OH, United States
Date:
May 25, 2018
          5.0
 
Sea Kale Plants
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? easy to grow

What are the cons? takes a year or two to be able

Review:

try the website for Red Beet Row a teaching farm in Jefferson Ohio. They grow an abundance of sea kale plants. Good luck!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
tamxrahm
Location:
New Haven, CT, United States
Date:
May 21, 2018
          3.0
 
Manage your expectations...
Easy to Grow 0.5
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? hard to find plant

What are the cons? very hard to grow

Review:

I was super excited to see these seeds offered this year - I have been wanting to grow sea kale for a long time but this rare perennial veggie is hard to find. I followed the instructions on the packet carefully, including removing the outer shell of the seed before planting, cold stratifying the seeds for 3-4 weeks (surface planting, wrapping in plastic to keep moist, and keeping them in the back of the fridge), then kept them under grow lights in unheated basement. After 2 months, two little shoots finally came up!! I was ecstatic! three weeks later, only one is still alive. This is out of 30 planted seeds. I am holding out hope that one or two more will germinate but time will tell. I am rooting for my one baby seedling to grow, grow, grow....

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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