Plant Inspiratoin | Dinosaur Kale

Sep 20, 2013

‘Lacinato’ or Dinosaur Kale (Brassica oleracea)

Sun: Full sun throughout the day is best, however this plant can tolerate less than full, but will look better and grow bigger with full sun.

Zone: This plant is a “cold weather” crop and will taste sweeter if it is allowed to meet with frost. This particular Kale however can be grown at almost any time of the year in almost all climates (the taste will differ that’s all). The coldest zone for this plant is -20 degrees F, and there is a suggestion to keep below 80 degrees F if you don’t like bitter and like to chew- you decide.

Soil: Moist, well drained soil is best for Lacinato.

Water: Growing edibles need water! After germination water Dinosaur Kale with about ½” to a 1” amount of water a week. Just like most vegetables you may want to apply some side-dressing fertilizer (10-10-10) about 30-35 days after the plant germinates.

Habitat: Is thought to have originated in Italy, due to its very old heirloom variety. A dark bluish, almost green to black, that are more on the wrinkled side with a smooth edge that can get very large. This kale is considered to be one of the sweeter kales and often described as the best!

Tip: Also known as Tuscan Kale. This plant is very hardy and requires low maintenance. Seed heavily and thin the weak ones out leaving only the healthy ones to grow and thrive.

Category: Thriller – Used as focal points and to create a dynamic visual composition.
OR

Filler – To fill in and cover the Pockets between the other plants.

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