(a.k.a. Scotch Dwarf Blue Curled, Dwarf Blue Scotch, Blue Scotch, Vates, Norfolk) (Brassica oleracea) 53 – 65 days. Scotch Blue Curled Heirloom Open Pollinated Kale has plants that are tall, curly, and dark green in color. Scotch Blue Curled shows good tolerance to yellowing in cold weather. Light frost improves flavor and is slow to bolt.
Planting Instructions for Scotch Blue Curled Kale Seeds
Scotch Blue Curled Kale is a short season brassica that performs best in cool weather and can tolerate frost when established. For spring planting of Kale, start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost, or direct sow after danger of hard frost. In warm climates you can plant Kale in late summer for fall harvest. In hot climates you can plant Kale in the fall for a winter harvest. Plant Kale in full sun in more mild climates, or partial shade in very hot summer climates. Sow Kale seeds ½” deep, 3″ apart, in rows 18-24″ apart. Germination should occur in 5-17 days in soil 55-75°F. When Kale plants reach 3-5″, thin to 12-18″ apart. Scotch Blue Curled outer leaves can be harvested at about 8-10″ long, Avoid picking the inner leaves to avoid damaging the growing point. A light frost brings out the sweetness in fall or winter crops.