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Kale 'Dwarf blue scotch curled'   

Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group)

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Belonging to the Mustard genus (Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Dwarf blue scotch curled'), Dwarf blue scotch curled is a variety of Kale. 'Dwarf blue scotch curled' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. Leaves appear approximately as a   Hunter green and   Forest green (web) colour.

Hardy 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) tall curly-leaved kale, produces blue-green, finely curled leaves that may spread out 2 feet (60 cm). It will overwinter in all but the coldest climates. It grows best in cool weather but will also withstand some heat. Best as a Fall crop, because it tastes sweeter after a little kiss from frost. For large leaves, plan on Spring and Fall growing, but for small salad leaves, you can grow it at almost any time of year.

A biennial, Dwarf blue scotch curled is known for growing to a height of approximately 60.0 cm (1.95 feet).

United States is believed to be where Dwarf blue scotch curled originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Dwarf blue scotch curled 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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How to grow Dwarf blue scotch curled

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Kale is very hardy and generally pest-free. It’s a very easy plant to grow. Kale 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. Therefore it’s hard to save kale seeds on a small scale.

Enjoys a full sun position in your garden and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Dwarf blue scotch curled is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions. Planting Dwarf blue scotch curled 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 Dwarf blue scotch curled from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 2.97 inches (7.62 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.25 inches (0.64 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 13°C / 55°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Dwarf blue scotch curled about 120 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Dwarf blue scotch curled

Sow or transplant closer together than the final spacing you want. Thin the plants as they grow, and use the thinnings in salad or other preparations.

As Dwarf blue scotch curled 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 Dwarf blue scotch curled

Harvest the outer leaves when young after about 2 month from planting. And then continue the harvest every few days. Leave some of the young leaves so that the kale will keep producing.

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early summer.

Dwarf blue scotch curled folklore & trivia

Bred by the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, released in 1950.

Other Names for Kale 'Dwarf blue scotch curled'

Vates, Blue curled scotch, Dwarf blue, Dwarf blue vates, Dwarf blue vates curled, Dwarf scotch, Dwarf blue scotch, Dwarf scotch blue, Vates dwarf, Vates blue dwarf, Vates blue

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