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A milder, sweeter kale with delicious, dark green leaves and beautiful, contrasting purple veins. Pick the leaves small and young and add raw for salads or simply wilt the larger leaves.

Genus Brassica
Group/Species oleracea (Acephala Group)
Variety Buttonhole Starmaker
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Kale
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Moist but well-drained
Height 60cm (24in)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow March-early August. Can be started under cover (in individual cells or gutters to minimise root disturbance) or sow direct April-July. Regular sowings made every two to three weeks will ensure a continuous supply. Kale are very hardy and grow in poorer soils than other brassicas. They like a sunny spot, on well-drained soil. Keep well-watered. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions before planting out.
Care Tips Grows best on soil which has been manured the previous autumn. Firm the soil well around the plant base to prevent wind rock and keep moist. Protect against cabbage white butterflies. May also be grown in large containers.
Storing Store in the fridge for up to 10 days, or in the freezer for 6 months.
Harvesting For baby salad leaf, harvest 4-6 weeks from sowing, for full size leaf, harvest 8-10 weeks from sowing. Keep picking and it keeps producing and don’t let it run to flower – harvest the plant’s tip if it starts to bolt. Flavour improves once the frosts start in autumn.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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