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Kale 'Black'

Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) | Borecole, Cavolo Nero, Black Kale

Hardy Annual

What is Hardy Annual?

The easiest brassica to grow

Packed with nutrition

Versatile in the kitchen

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Kale 'Black Kale' is an easy to grow and exceptionally tasty brassica which is popular with chefs for good reason. Expensive to buy, it is a high reward crop for little work. 'Black Kale' is extremely hardy, resistant to bolting and will cope with light shade. Unlike other brassicas, it is less prone to pests and diseases, although we recommend that you provide netting protection against birds. Its dark blue, wrinkled leaves add ornamental value to the veg garden and are a rich source of vitamins and minerals.

This incredibly versatile vegetable can be cut early as a baby salad leaf, steamed like cabbage, or used in soups, stir fries and pasta. Height: 75cm (30"). Spread: 50cm (20").

Height Up to 75cm (30in)
Spread Up to 50cm (20in)

Hardy Annual

kitchen garden

full sun

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Harvest Months Planting Months


12 Kale jumbo plug plants (KC7457)

Grow kale in firm, rich fertile, well drained soil in sun or semi shade. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Apply lime to acid soils to reduce the acidity and lessen the risk of clubroot. When transplanting kale, plant it slightly deeper in the ground than it was in the tray provided. Plant kale at a distance of 60cm (24”) apart and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.
Kale is exceptionally hardy and requires little aftercare. Water when necessary and hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing and bring insect larvae to the surface. Kale can be harvested from September as young leaves using a cut and come again method, but will stand well in the ground for a long time throughout winter, and improves in flavour after it has been frosted. Pinch out the centre stem first to encourage side shoots to develop. Harvest kale when it is required as the leaves do not store well, unless they are frozen.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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