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Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale (Vates)

Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale (Vates)

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Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch

60 days — The leaves of 'Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch' kale are finely curled and as its name implies, bluish-green in color. The plants are low growing, reaching about twelve to fifteen inches tall with a spread of twenty-four to thirty inches. This variety stands well (lasts a long time in the garden) and is hardy.

'Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch' kale was developed as a stabilized selection from 'Dwarf Green Curled' by the Virginia Truck Experiment Station and originally introduced as 'Vates Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch' in 1950. (Read more about "Vates" by scrolling down further on this page.) Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 250 seeds
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Planting Instructions: Kale grows best in cool weather. When established, it will tolerate frost. Can be sown in garden as soon as danger of hard frost is past.

Sow seeds ½ inches deep, one inch apart, in rows 24 inches apart. Cover with loose soil. Thin plants to about twelve inches. Avoid disease by not planting where other Brassica (cole crops) plants have grown in the past year or two.

Provides a continuous supply of tasty leaves if you pick from the bottom up. It is cold hardy and the flavors become sweeter and more complex after a hard frost.
Informational References:

•  "75 Exciting Vegetables For Your Garden," Jack Staub, Gibbs Smith Publishing, Layton, Utah, 2005.
• "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America – Kale: Lists 1-27 Combined," Edited by Mark W. Farnham, USDA/ARS Vegetable Laboratory, Charleston, South Carolina.

• The word "Vates" is actually an acronym for the Virginia Truck Experiment Station. The term "truck" comes from the French word "troquer," meaning "to barter." Click here for more information about the origin of the phrase, "truck farm."