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.
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Maximum height: 0.5 metres
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Maximum width: 0.5 metres
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This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Caterpillars, aphids, slugs, snails
Planting season: Spring and autumn.
Types of fertiliser: High nitrogen fertiliser.