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.
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.
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.
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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.
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Champion about 49 days before your last frost date.
Heirloom collard, bred via selection from Vates.
Released by the Virginia Agricultural Experimental Station, 1979.
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