Days To Maturity : 50-60
Germination Days : 5-17
Planting Depth : 1/4-1/2
Seed Code : C
Seeds Per Packet : 50
Spacing : 15
When To Plant : Early spring
When To Plant : Late summer
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Portugese Kale (Tronc... VCA-2765



A very juicy, sweet, and tender

heirloom kale from Portugal.

Stands heat better than other kales, and doesn't require cold to sweeten the flavor.

Succulent texture is outstanding in soups and pastas.  The necessary ingredient in Portugese Kale and sausage soup.

BOTANICAL NAME: Brassica oleracea acephala


Start seeds in flats very early in Spring for early summer harvest, or 6+ weeks before first fall hard frost for winter harvest. A cabbage, does best in good soil for rapid growth, best with later fertilization. Best to keep moist, but fairly drought tolerant. Likes full sun in spring and fall, some shade during the hottest part of the summer. Shallow cultivate for first few weeks. Harvest-pull tender tops leaves or harvest whole plant.

GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: C,W/Matures 8-9/Harvests 17/Yields 76-153/Spacing 15"

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :Easy to grow, tolerates winter cold

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Amazing cold tolerance, and heat tolerant, too
on 01/17/17 by Calvin Wilkins in Western Oregon

I grew this "kale" originally as an experiment some years ago. I read it was heat tolerant, being from Portugal, and thought that it might be perfect to extend the kale season. It totally surprised me by lasting throughout our winter, even with several inches of snow on it, keeping edible leaves the whole time. Then it sprouted the next spring, which made really sweet "broccoli raab" type veggies. I kept trimming it, and it survived that year, too. I think this has a great potential as a perennial vegetable in some regions. This was grown in the short-season, cool weather, coastal mountain region of Oregon. I've since grown huge patches of it. The plant is great bee food, as well, and was much more resistant to slugs than other cabbage-type brassicas, which tend to rot out in my climate. It tastes sort of like a cross between kale and cabbage, it is unique. It's sweet, not with that kale pungency. I found it much easier to grow than cabbage, and needing little water, by comparison.

Beautiful and productive plant
on 10/12/15 by Tara Drolma in NM

I believe this is the strain of kale that I purchased. I had one plant that overwintered, set seed and produced hundreds more kale plants. There was also plenty of seed for the finches who loved it. This is the kind of plant that I love: strong, vibrant, and self propagating. It makes my job so much easier. It is now the second year and this winter I will have plenty of kale for myself and all the neighbors. The flavor is not too strong. I chop it finely and add to omelets and meat dishes. My two mini doxies enjoy eating the stems.