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Brassica oleracea (Ornamental kale)

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Plant description

brassica oleracea ornamental kale 1

brassica oleracea ornamental kale

Ornamental kale is an annual plant from the cabbage family, and has wonderfully decorative foliage in bright colours of green, pink, purple and cream, often with frilled or curly edges. It is also edible. It is good for massed planting or as single specimen plants, either planted in the garden or as potted plants. Ornamental kale will not grow any larger once root bound. Ornamental kale grows best in full sun, but will also grow in part shade.

Plant seed in spring or autumn. It is best to sow where they are to grow. The seed needs light to germinate, so leave uncovered. Protect from slugs, snails and birds, which love the new seedlings.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.5 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

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.

Pests

Caterpillars, aphids, slugs, snails

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Spring and autumn.

Types of fertiliser: High nitrogen fertiliser.

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