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Ornamental Kale, Feather King Hybrid

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Excellent companion for fall and winter bouquets.

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Floral designers understand the importance of greenery as the backbone of an arrangement; ‘Feather King’ adds a light texture and a dash of white, making it a perfect companion for bouquets in the fall and winter months. Ornamental kales are grown for their good looks, not food, and their color only intensifies as the temperatures cool down. ‘Feather King’ will grow tall if you let it, so provide some support and remove the lower leaves to create a nice long stem for cutting.
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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

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

20-36 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6-12 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.

Erect

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  • Ornamental Kales

    Ornamental Kales
    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
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    First Date: Sep-17 - Last Date: Oct-29
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How to Sow and Plant

Planting from Transplants in Fall:

  • Kale prefers a rich, well-drained soil, and can tolerate some shade. Avoid areas where any member of the cabbage family grew the year before. May also be planted in containers, including window boxes.
  • 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.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • 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

  • The color of ornamental kale will intensify once the plants are exposed to frost.
  • Ornamental kale can survive a light frost.
  • Once the ground freezes its growing season is complete.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
20-36 inches
Spread
6-12 inches
Ornamental Use
Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Growth Habit
Erect
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
No