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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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Meet the Brassica family- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale
Meet the Brassica family- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale
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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
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 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kale I planted 4 kale plants early spring and they were slow to start but eventually I started picking the leaves and juicing with them. It is now l ate October and these things are over 4ft tall and won't stop growing LOL. I can't keep up with them and boy are they hardy.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Grow Glad i found you on line; I cut the kale up in my salad.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect First time kale grower in Indiana. Planted indoors late April (germination wasn't really an issue I had plenty of seeds come up), then I transplanted into the garden May 15th. The first month I just let them go so they could get established before I started harvesting. This picture is from June 15th as the summer heat started to bear down. You can tell that the leaves don't look quite like the photo because of the rapid development. I kept them pretty well watered with the risk of heat stress in a full sun plot. Right now they're finally settling in to normal growth and look a little more curled and wrinkled as the days cool off. I thought I might have to replant them but most of them survived the summer temperatures and pests. Luckily the cabbage worms/eggs are pretty easy to spot on these leaves and quick to remove. They're all-around great producers and I get to share with my local food bank. I did dose them with some fertilizer at the beginning of August to give them a boost after the hard season they went through.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seeds germinated very well I bought this back in the spring , was so thrilled to find it as I had looked at various stores even a garden center for this type of kale. It will last into the winter also and it's is better once the weather cools down.
Date published: 2017-08-20
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
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