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Lacinato (dinosaur) Kale

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  • Lacinato kale, also known as Tuscan kale, dinosaur kale, or black kale, is a variety of kale that has long, narrow, blue-green leaves with a pebbled texture. It is native to Italy and has been grown there for centuries.



    Days to Maturity: 70 Days

    Seeds per pack: 25

    • Choose a location: Lacinato kale grows best in full sun to partial shade, in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Choose a location in your garden that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

    • Prepare the soil: Before planting, amend the soil with compost or aged manure to improve soil fertility and drainage. Kale plants prefer soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0.

    • Plant seeds or seedlings: Lacinato kale can be grown from seeds, which can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost or directly in the garden bed in early spring or fall. When planting, space the seeds or seedlings 18-24 inches apart and 1/2 inch deep.

    • Provide proper care: Lacinato kale plants require consistent moisture, so keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Fertilize the plants with a balanced fertilizer every 2-3 weeks, following the manufacturer's instructions. Mulch around the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Monitor the plants for pests and disease, and take appropriate action if necessary.

    • Harvest the leaves: Lacinato kale leaves can be harvested when they are young and tender, usually 60-70 days after planting. Use scissors or a knife to cut the leaves off the plant at the base of the stem. The leaves can be used fresh in salads, sautéed or steamed as a side dish, or added to soups and stews.

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