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Kale, Lacinato

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Italian heirloom with blue-green leaves loaded with flavor,

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Also known as Dinosaur or Tuscan Kale, this Italian heirloom dates back to the 18th century, and is an essential ingredient of caldo verde (green broth), a popular soup in Portugal. By whatever name, the sweeter, milder, blue-green, heavily crinkled strap leaves impart excellent flavor, especially harvested young and after first frost.
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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.

65-80 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.

24-36 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-36 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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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
65-80 days
Full Sun
24-36 inches
24-36 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
12 inches
Life Cycle
Kale, Lacinato is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from magnificent vegetable and garden border I was actually given the seeds buy a greenhouse they buy from this company and they wanted me to grow up to see if I liked it they were going to grow them themselves but they wanted me to give my opinion on it all I can say is there magnificent the leaf structure is so unusual rare looking almost exotic prehistoric it should not be contained in a category just for edible vegetables I found that I spread some of the seeds around and would Bunch some of them together to make them look Sowell and abetting plant area it was magnificent as a border it gives Great Heights and great color as a plant container for spring and fall it it should be considered one of the best write with red Russian kale and blue curly Russian kale I think this particular vegetable and general all of them should be considered for more than being eaten it should absolutely be used in different Landscaping
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the taste. I have not tried this variety of Kale, Lacinato, before. It was suggested by a friend who has. I bought it and I love it! Fast growing and easy to grow.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserves TEN stars. I started this from seed indoors in early August, and the little guys germinated within just a couple of days, and then grew like the dickens. Transplanted them into outdoor containers just after Labor Day, and they really took off. The flavor and texture is perfect -- like something you'd see (but not be able to afford) at a farmers' market. I'm posting a photo of my first harvest in early October (from six different plants), and also a photo of what two of the plants look like growing on a window ledge. NOTE: We covered all of our brassica in tulle (wedding tulle, found at a sewing shop) to prevent moths from laying eggs. So far so good.
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lacinato Kale Beautiful plant with great production. Gave most away. Had difficulty with aphids in late August, otherwise no bugs or disease. As one reviewer has remarked, I will leave plants intact until frost. I would like to experience the milder flavor, but perhaps refrigeration would do the same thing. Will repeat this planting. P.S. I note that those of us living in the Intermountain West really have no regional marker available from the "Region" menu.
Date published: 2014-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Flavor and Strong Plant This variety of kale germinated well sprouted without any flaw. The taste is very strong and full of flavor, even when used in soups, sitr-fry and sauté dishes with other vegetables. My daughter calls them "dinosaur plants" because they look so pretty and unique. Their color is a unique dark-green-teal and is very vibrant. I grew my kale plants next to collard greens and red winter kale. At first the growth rate seemed slow, but as summer progressed and is now cooler as autumn approaches I have to pick it at lease twice a week. I am very pleased with this kale and will for sure plant this next year. Thanks Burpee!
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poor Germination I tried germinating these early with my other kale plants in the early spring but only 5 of the seeds actually germinated in the entire packet, while the curly kale I also germinated with this kale had about a 90% germination rate. From the plants that are actually growing they look beautiful, I like the color that they have. They are growing fast, but I yet have to eat some I'm waiting for them to go through a frost for them to taste real good from what I heard.
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a Garden Favorite I planted only 4' of this variety last winter as an afterthought, not realizing how prominently it would feature in my diet. Even so, a 4' row has supplied me with a small bunch of kale every day since reaching maturity in early spring. There have also been days when I gave a good amount away. Germination rate was so good that I had to thin my row. Growing tender greens is Central Texas is like putting an 'All You Can Eat' sign out for pests. I really cracked down this year with organic remedies, (mostly physical). Even so, this kale was hit pretty hard with a two week scourge of small, black and orange beetles. However, as soon as I was able to eradicate them, the kale has bounced back as strong as ever, even though daily temps are now in the 90's. The two photos below were taken March 21st and June 25th. After three months of daily harvesting, the kale look like they are on stilts, but that's actually made it easier to keep pests at bay. Unlike one reviewer, I did not find the flavor to be unusually strong. It has a characteristic 'green' flavor, but that's because it's loaded with nutrients. It's perfectly at home in a salad or a smoothie. I will DEFINITELY sew this plant again in the fall.
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delighted The long thin kale spears are fantastic to julienne & delicious sautéed with other cold weather greens like baby spinach, Swiss chard & white or red cabbage. Narrow, upward growing leaves a take up less space in raised bed garden than broad leaf varieties. I'll grow this variety every year I can find it.
Date published: 2014-05-11
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