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Kale 'Champion'

Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group)

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  • 15 stashed

Belonging to the Mustard genus (Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Champion'), Champion is a variety of Kale. 'Champion' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar.

74 DTM.
A much-improved vates type collard green with dark smooth green leaves, disease resistance and bolt retardant. Champion has excellent frost resistance. large cabbage-like leaves retain their springtime eating quality up to 2 weeks longer than other Vates types.

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. Champion is known for growing to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (1.46 feet).

United States is believed to be where Champion originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Champion Kale is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

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

How to grow Champion

  • Full Sun

  • Low

Very hardy and generally pest-free. It’s a very easy plant to grow. Collard 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 is better and some would say 70 is required. Therefore it’s hard to save kale seeds on a small scale.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Champion is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions. Planting Champion in loamy soil with a ph of between 6.0 and 7.5 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Champion from seed

Sow 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) deep with a guideline distance of 2.97 inches (7.62 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 13°C / 55°F to ensure good germination.

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

Transplanting Champion

As Champion is very hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Champion

Kale Champion Etymology

Heirloom collard, bred via selection from Vates.
Released by the Virginia Agricultural Experimental Station, 1979.

Other Names for Kale 'Champion'

Champion collard

Latest Kale 'Champion' Reviews

  • Wonderful taste, easy to grow and I still able to harvest through winter here in Pacific Northwerst.

    5 stars

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