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Vates Kale

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  • Vates kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala 'Vates') is a variety of kale that is a popular vegetable in many parts of the world. It is a member of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes other vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.


    Vates kale is a curly-leafed kale that has a deep blue-green color. It is a cool-season crop that can be grown in the spring or fall, although it is more cold-tolerant than many other types of kale and can often be grown through the winter in mild climates.


    The plant itself is a biennial that can grow up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It produces large, curly leaves that can be harvested when they are young and tender, usually between 65 and 75 days after planting. The leaves have a slightly sweet, earthy flavor and are high in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium and iron.


    Vates kale is a nutritious and versatile vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes. It can be sautéed, stir-fried, roasted, or used in soups and stews. It pairs well with a variety of other ingredients, including garlic, lemon, olive oil, and nuts.


    Days to Maturity: 65 Days

    Seeds per pack: 45

    • Choose a location: Vates kale grows best in cool weather and partial to full sun, so choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of sun per day and has well-drained soil. If planting in the summer, provide shade during the hottest part of the day.

    • Prepare the soil: Vates kale prefers well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Add organic matter such as compost, manure, or leaf mold to the soil before planting to improve soil structure and fertility.

    • Plant the seeds: Sow Vates kale seeds directly in the garden 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep, spacing them 12 to 18 inches apart in rows 18 to 24 inches apart. You can also start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost and transplant them outside once they are 3 to 4 inches tall.

    • Water regularly: Vates kale needs consistent moisture to grow well. Water regularly, especially during dry spells, and avoid overwatering, which can lead to disease.

    • Fertilize: Vates kale is a heavy feeder and needs regular fertilization to thrive. Apply a balanced fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season or side-dress with compost or well-rotted manure.

    • Control pests and diseases: Watch for pests such as aphids, flea beetles, and cabbage worms, which can damage Vates kale plants. Treat infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Also, keep an eye out for fungal diseases such as downy mildew and clubroot and treat promptly with a fungicide.

    • Harvest the leaves: Vates kale can be harvested when the leaves are young and tender, usually 65 days after planting. Pick the outer leaves first and leave the center leaves to continue growing. As the weather warms up, the leaves may become bitter, so it is best to harvest in the cooler part of the day or in the cooler months of the year.

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