Dinosaur Kale has many names (Black Magic, Tuscan Kale, Flat Black Cabbage, Heirloom Kale and Lacinato Heirloom Kale). Whatever the name , it is an absolutely stunning plant. “Dinosaur” is an extremely vigorous and cold hardy plant that can withstand light frost. It is an Italian heirloom that dates back to the eighteenth century. The blue green strap-like leaves are 7.6 cm (3") wide by 25-45 cm (10-18") long with a heavily savoyed texture. It has an excellent flavor that is enhanced by frost. It is best for eating when leaves are small and tender.
Kale is a nutritious and versatile vegetable that is easy to grow in a variety of climates. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade, and can be propagated from seed or transplants. Plant seeds or transplants in early spring or fall, 0.5-1cm (¼-½”) deep and spaced 30-45cm (12-18”) apart. Keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate or the transplants take root. Kale can benefit from regular applications of compost or a balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season. The plant can grow up to 60-90cm (24-36”) tall, and can be harvested by picking individual leaves or by cutting the entire plant. To promote continued growth, remove the lower leaves as they yellow and become tough. Kale can be harvested at any time during the growing season, but is sweeter after a frost.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil. Planting Depth: Plant seeds or transplants 0.5-1cm (¼-½”) deep. Germination: 7-10 days. Height at Maturity: Up to 60-90cm (24-36”) tall. Days to Maturity: 55-75 days. Watering: Keep soil moist until seeds germinate or transplants take root. Kale prefers consistent watering throughout the season. Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade. Spacing after Thinning: Space plants 30-45cm (12-18”) apart.