Collard greens (Tuscan kale / Dinosaur kale / Palm tree kale)

Collard greens (Tuscan kale / Dinosaur kale / Palm tree kale)

Brassica oleracea var. palmifolia

Plant family

Kreuzblütler (Brassicaceae) (Brassicaceae)

Synonyms

Lacinato Kale, Cavolo Nero, Italian Kale, Flat Back Kale, Black Tuscan Palm

Season Overview

Propagating

Planting

Harvest

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Details

Light requirement

Sunny

Water requirement

Very humid

Soil

Medium (loamy)

Nutrient requirement

High

Seeding distance

50 cm

Row spacing

50 cm

Seeding depth

1 cm

Instructions

Beginning of May

Cover

Mid of May

Weeding

Every two Weeks

Mid of May

Transplanting

Mid of May

Planting

Beginning of June

Fertilizing

Every four Weeks

Description

Palm cabbage is a variety of vegetable cabbage and belongs to the cruciferous family (Brassicaceae). It is most common in northern Germany, where it is known as the (East) Frisian palm. It owes this name to its growth. The arrangement of the blistered and slightly downward rolled leaves has a palmate appearance. The foliage leaves are dark green to black-green. It can be used in the same way as kale, and its taste is even somewhat finer and milder. However, it is not frost-resistant.

Origin:

Central and Northern Europe, Italy

Growing tips

In the garden, you can grow your palm kale in larger pots or cultivate it entirely in them. This would make the plants mobile in case of frost, which palm kale can only tolerate to a limited extent. In the open, it is best to sow your palm kale after the Ice Saints in May. A place with direct sunlight suits it well. The development time is only about 70 days. Harvest the individual leaves from the bottom up, leaving the top rosette. This gives the palm kale its namesake shape. It also allows the plant to continue growing and reach great heights of up to 3 meters.

Diseases

Clubroot

Leaf Spot Disease

Pests

Cabbage White Butterfly

Cabbage Fly

Whitefly