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Kale 'Georgia southern collard'   

Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group)

  • 99 plantings
  • 17 available for swap
  • 6 wanted
  • 79 stashed

Georgia southern collard is part of the Mustard genus and is a Kale variety. Its scientific name is Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Georgia southern collard'. 'Georgia southern collard' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Cadmium green and   Android robot green colour.

Big, dark green, rounded, slightly savoyed leaves have a mild cabbage-like flavor that improves with a light frost.

Heat and cold tolerant.

Slow to bolt can reach heights of 2 to 3 feet tall. Leaves are tender, tasty, mild and juicy. Tolerates heat and poor sandy soil. Produces a loose rosette of large, succulent, cabbage like leaves which make delicious boiling greens.2

This variety is a Vegetable that typically grows as an Biennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of two years. Georgia southern collard is known for its Stemless habit and growing to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (1.46 feet).

United States is believed to be where Georgia southern collard originates from.

Typically, Georgia southern collard Kale is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Georgia southern collard have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Georgia southern collard

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Very hardy and generally pest-free. Grows well in poor soil. It’s a very easy plant to grow. Flowers are self-incompatible, which means they can not be fertilized by pollen from other flowers on the same plant. To save seeds, several individual plants are required to maintain genetic stability — at least 10, but 30 or some would say 100 or more is better. Therefore it’s hard to save seeds on a small scale.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Georgia southern collard is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will survive though longer winters with little or no damage. Georgia southern collard requires a loamy soil with a ph of 6.0 - 7.5 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Georgia southern collard from seed

Look to ensure a distance 2.97 inches (7.62 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) deep. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 13°C / 55°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Georgia southern collard about 49 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Georgia southern collard

Transplant to space them when the seedlings show true leaves.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Georgia southern collard is a very hardy plant.

Harvesting Georgia southern collard

You may harvest collard greens at your leisure (but plan on using them within a few days). Start harvest at 4-6 weeks after starting seed. If leaves are large when harvested the central stalk through the leaf may need to be removed before cooking.1

Expect harvests to start to occur in mid spring.

Georgia southern collard folklore & trivia

“Collard” is an altered form of the word “colewort” which means cabbage plant.

Other Names for Kale 'Georgia southern collard'

Georgia, Georgia green, Creole

Footnotes

1 www.gardeningblog.net

2 sustainableseedco.com/heirloom-vegetable-seeds/ce-k/collard-greens/georgia-southern-collard-greens.html

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