75 days — 'Vates' collard plants grow large, upright, reach about twenty-four inches tall producing dark-green leaves with a mild, cabbage-like flavor. It is bolt and frost resistant and the veins do not turn purple. It is typically used for boiling for Southern-style greens.
Developed by the Virginia Truck Experiment Station, 'Vates' was introduced in 1950. (Read more about "Vates" by scrolling down further this page.) Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 250 to 300 seeds.
• "75 Exciting Vegetables For Your Garden," Jack Staub, Gibbs Smith Publishing, Layton, Utah, 2005.
• "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America – Collards: 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."
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