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Collards, Georgia

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A southern favorite that is high in calcium.

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Tender, blue-green leaves that will withstand light frost. The mild cabbage-like flavor actually improves with a light frost. Plant in spring and again in late summer for a fall to winter harvest. Avoid areas where any of the cabbage family members were grown the previous year.
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Product properties

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 days

Leaf Texture The typical height of this product at maturity.


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.

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

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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: Apr-04 - Last Date: May-02
    First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Sep-17

How to Sow

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Direct sowing is recommended, but to get a head start you can grow collards indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost
  • Sow seeds ¼  - ½  inches deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden

  • For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather after danger of frost.
  • Sow in well-drained soil in full sun.
  • In rows 30 inches apart, sow seed directly in the ground ¼- ½ inches deep.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin gradually to stand 6-8 inches apart starting when seedlings are about 3 inches high.

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. Plants need about 1-1/2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Harvest whole plants when they are 6-8 inches tall.
  • If you do not want the whole plant, pick the bottom leaves as you need them and the inner buds will keep producing.
  • You can also harvest whole plants by cutting off just below the crown.
  • If grown in the fall, wait until after a light frost as the frost sweetens the flavor.
  • Wrap the leaves in a clean, wet tea towel, or damp paper towel and place in a perforated plastic bag and refrigerate.
  • Collards are best when steamed, sautéed, or boiled.
Days To Maturity
65 days
Leaf Texture
Full Sun
12 inches
24-36 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring, Summer
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
18 inches
Life Cycle
Collards, Georgia is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Collard Greens I bought these in July and planted the beginning of August. They are growing great, some even came up after the others had started. These are great thus far.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unblievable Collards First time planting (Southern) Collards, Georgia. I was amazed when I planted the Collards 3 days ago. I planted 4 rows, each row 3 ft. apart 10 feet long. The seeds were planted with each seed 2 to 3 inches apart. Planted on 11 July 2014 and this morning on 14 July 2014 the collard plants are emerging. "UNBELIEVABLY EVCELLENT SEEDS" .
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bulletproof I have grown these collard greens for years. They grow extremely well in the southeast. These survived 8 degrees fahrenheit this winter, though they were in pretty rough shape. They seem to be immune to many of the pests of the other brassicas.
Date published: 2014-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Collards These grew amazing in our yard. I used sulfur dust to keep the butterflies away, and they grew HUGE, with no flaws at all. I even incorporated them into my landscaping for the front of the house. They make the grass look great and they grew in such abundance that I had to buy a freezer just to preserve them. We now have plenty for thanksgiving and Christmas.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tasting Tried growing collards for the first time Fall/Winter 2009. They grew so well, that I gave away armsful of greens to neighbors and coworkers. Great, sweet tasting leaves. Will order more seed for 2010. Give them plenty of room, the leaves can grow as big as "baby blankets!" but they taste best when picked at a smaller size.
Date published: 2009-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy These babies are easy to grow and taste great! Huge leaves, between 1 and 1.5 feet long. I will definitely have another crop planted for the fall.
Date published: 2009-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Collards I have tried various varieties of collards, and even other Georgia Collards. These are the best collards i have ever tasted.
Date published: 2009-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big time producer They produced extremely well. They were disease resistant, but not bug resistant. I had to make sure powder was on them, or the worms ate them to pieces.
Date published: 2008-12-30
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