Collards Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

Plant Family:
Brassicaceae
Plant Type:
Perennial
Typical Season:
Cool season
Typical Zones Grown In:
4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Growing Difficulty:
Easy

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
Direct Sow,Start Indoor
When to Direct Sow:
March,April,May,June,July
When to Start Indoors:
March,February,April,May,June,July,August,September
Sprouting Time:
7-10 days.
Soil Temperature (C):
10-30
Depth:
3-4 seeds 5mm (¼”) deep
Spacing (cm):
45-60cm (18-24″)
Row Spacing (cm):
75-90cm (30-36″)
Sun Exposure:
Part Shade, Full Sun
Maturity Time:
50-70 days
When To Harvest:
January, March, February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
How to Harvest:
Kale and collards can both be grown as a cut and come again crop for salad mixes by direct-seeding and cutting when plants are 5-8cm (2-3″) tall. They will re-grow. Or pick leaves from the bottom up on mature plants as you need them. In spring, the surviving plants start to flower, so eat the delicious flowering steps and buds.

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

Is It Edible?
Yes
Edible Parts:
Leaves, stems, and flowers
Potential Health Benefits:
Heart Health,Cancer Fighting ,Bone Strength ,Liver Health,Digestive System,Improves Sleep

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Chamomile,Dill,Mint,Rosemary,Sage,Tomato
What Plants to Avoid:
Eggplant,Pepper,Potato,Tomato
Common Pests:
Protect from cabbage moths and other insect pests with floating row cover.
Common Disease:
Prevent disease with a strict 4-year crop rotation, avoiding planting Brassicas in the same spot more than once every four years.
Bonus Grow Tips:
Tree Collards are a staple in a permaculture landscape. Tree Collards are a highly productive perennial Brassica, producing delicious blue-green, or purple leaves which taste similar to kale. Like most brassicas, Tree Collards are especially sweet during the cooler months of the year

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