Medium green foliage with leaves up to a foot long
A high yielding variety, 'Premier' has medium green foliage with leaves up to a foot long. The plant is upright and compact, great for in-garden or container planting. GARDEN HINTS: For earlier harvest, sow seeds indoors in a sunny spot or under plant lights 6 to 8 weeks before outdoor planting date- this works for both the spring and fall! If purchasing plants in the fall, plant upon arrival and harvest before heavy frost hits. Avoid planting in garden area where cabbage family was grown the year before. Withstands light frost.
Sow in full sun in early spring; midsummer for fall crop. In Deep South, Gulf and Pacific Coast areas, sow from fall to early spring. Plant seeds evenly and thinly and cover with 1/4" of fine soil. Firm lightly. Plants emerge in 10-21 days.
How to Grow
Before transfer to the garden, accustom to outdoor conditions by moving to a sheltered area outside for a week. Set kale plants 1-1 1/2’ apart in a sunny location. Kale prefers rich, well-drained soil, and can tolerate light shade. Avoid area where any of cabbage family grew the year before.
Harvest kale after first frost if you prefer a sweeter flavor. Pick the outer leaves as needed once they reach 6-8" long- about 55-60 days after transplanting. Leave the central bud since it will grow new leaves. Use kale as a substitute for lettuce, cooked cabbage and collards.