Premier Kale is an extremely vigorous and cold hardy plant that can withstand light frost. Premier is an early variety of Kale that produces high yields of deep green foliage with large scalloped leaves up to a foot long. Leaves are crunchy and flavorful. Used fresh in salads and on sandwiches or cooked. Premier grows from a crown, like parsley or spinach does. The plant is upright and compact, great for in-garden or container planting. This variety stands 3 to 4 weeks longer than other varieties.
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.