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Kale, Dwarf Blue Curled Vates

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One of the most attractive of all vegetables in the fall garden.

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Low, compact plants with finely curled, bluish-green leaves. Usually stands winter weather with some protection. Good cooked or fresh in salads. Grows best in cool weather. Can be grown as a spring or fall crop. Harvest all winter to zone 6.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

55 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-16 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Mar-21 - Last Date: May-02
    First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Aug-20

How to Sow and Plant

Kale may be direct sown for a spring and fall crop, or purchased as transplants for a fall crop.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sow in full sun in early spring and in midsummer for fall crop.
  • In the Deep South, gulf, and pacific coast areas, sow from fall to early spring.
  • Plant seeds evenly and thinly and cover with ¼ inch of soil.
  • Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days.

Planting from Transplants in Fall:

  • Kale prefers rich, well-drained soil, and can tolerate some shade. Avoid areas where any member of the cabbage family grew the year before.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. Space plants 1 – 1½ feet apart in rows 2 feet apart.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. 
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area. While small, floating row covers will help to keep pests at bay.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Harvest kale after first frost if you prefer a sweeter flavor.
  • Pick the outer leaves as needed once they reach 6-8 inches long about 55-60 days after transplanting.
  • Leave the central bud since it will grow new leaves.
  • Store kale in an airtight bag in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Wash when ready to use.
  • Use kale as a substitute for lettuce, cooked cabbage and collards.
Days To Maturity
55 days
Full Sun
12 inches
12-16 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
12 inches
Life Cycle
Kale, Dwarf Blue Curled Vates is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute favorite kale variety Loving this variety of kale. Excellent germination rates. Easy to grow and oh so tasty. I pick about every 3 days and have an abundance of sweet tasting kale. It stores well and blanched well for freezing.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste This is my first year growing kale and I can't imaging an easier veggie to grow. I over seeded and I would say I had about a 95 germination rate. I let them grow to.about 6-8 inchester before thinning and used them as a tasty baby kale salad green. After thinning I am picking weekly and having an abundance that I am blanching and freezing for the winter. My still in the ground (3 days before halloween) and with the use of a row.cover I forsee harvesting until.mid to.late December. Bottom line. Yummy...easy to grow...abundant...freezes well. It's a winner.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winner! This kale is very pleasing to start from seed and grow. Easy germinator, and hardy in cool weather. This plant also danced through the summer, producing a great yield in hot, hot weather. This is a keeper!
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very tasty! I loved this kale! I had 90% germination rates in my pots, and the seedlings were mostly eaten by slugs. I put them in my greenhouse, and they instantly perked up and became very leafy again! Since most of the leaves were eaten by slugs, it wasn't until November that I was able to try the leaves. They were so good! It was a delicious contrast of bitter and sweet, all in one bite. It is still producing magnificently in late November in southern Virginia, with lows in the high twenties. I would recommend this product because it is very tasty and hardy, and also very easy to germinate and grow.
Date published: 2014-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This kale is a very successful producer, with gray flavor! This produces Kale at a fast rate and absolutely no issues with growing. The color is beautiful and it tastes gray in soups, stir fry, and raw.
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Kale This is my new favorite Kale. The flavor is great I actually use it raw in my salads. It is great cooked as well. Super producer one 10 foot row has kept me in Kale all summer and in November I am still harvesting!
Date published: 2012-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favorite Kale I was turned on to this variety of Kale by a fellow gardening afficianado a few years ago. Last year was the first time I grew it, as a fall into winter was very prolific and successful. I grew it alongside my Georgia Collards, in separate beds. The flavor of this kale is delicious and sweet when kissed by the first frosts of November. I mix kale with cabbage, or with collards; seasoning it with either smoked pork (ham hocks, neckbones, jowl) or smoked turkey wing or drum. While you are picking, chopping, and washing your greens is when you begin boillng your meat, so that I reaches semi-tenderness by the time you add the greens to the pot. I chop some onions, add a little cider vinegar, S & P, crushed red pepper, 4 tblsps. of bacon drippings, and sugar. Cook greens until they are tender. (Collards and Kale have similar consistency). If I'm doing Kale & Cabbage, I'll render some diced thick-cut brown sugar cured bacon, then add in some chopped onions and shallots. As soon as onions & shallots are translucent, add in your chopped kale first with a little chicken broth. Let the Kale cook for about 20 to 25 minutes on medium-high to begin to breakdown, then add your chopped cabbage. I usually do S&P, and if I have sweet peppers on hand (like a cubanelle and or red bell), I'll julienne them and add it too. It's delicious with the kale-cabbage-onion-shallot-bacon combo. Then a little cider vinegar and a dash of sugar. Cook until cabbage & kale are tender but not mushy. You will thank me! (-: Growthwise, It loves the same soil conditions as most greens; well-drained, rich in organic matter, bone & bloodmeal, a slow release 10-10-10 fertilizer. I suggest a raised bed with chicken wire around it to keep out those mangey varmits, and spray with Sevin concentrate which connects to the hose every two weeks to keep bugs from eating up the leaves. ~Enjoy!!~
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Blue vates kale Winter 2011-12 was too warm for good production. Past years this has been a fine vegetable.
Date published: 2012-05-09
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