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Brassica oleracea (Cavolo nero, Tuscan kale, Black kale, Tuscan cabbage)

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Plant description

brassica oleracea cavolo nero

Cavolo nero is a type of kale. Kale is a leafy type of cabbage, and is very nutritious, hardy and easy to grow. Cavolo nero has decorative dark textured leaves, so can have a place in an ornamental garden as well as the vegetable garden. It can be grown all year round, and grows well in a wide range of temperatures. It tolerates frosts when established, as well as heat.

Cavolo nero is tolerant of poor soils, but grows bigger and better with good soil, feeding and watering. Some lime is beneficial on acidic soils. They prefer a moist soil without waterlogging, but willl tolerate some dryness.

Kale is a repeat harvest plant, which means that leaves can be broken off from the plant, leaving the plant to grow on producing. It can be eaten fresh when picked young and tender, or older leaves can be cooked. Older leaves can become tough and bitter. They may be sauteed, steamed, and used in stir fries and soups, as well as in salads or straight from the plant. Chickens love the older leaves of kale.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: yellow
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.75 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.7 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, caterpillars, insects, bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.0-8.0

Pests

Caterpillars, aphids, white fly

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Spring to autumn.

Types of fertiliser: High nitrogen fertiliser.

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