Kale, Dazzling Blue Lacinato (Organic)
Brassica oleracea. 30 days baby, 65 days full.
We’ve finally found a Lacinato/Dino/Italian type kale that’s special enough to add to our catalog. Dazzling Blue Lacinato is a kale that really lives up to its name. Captivating blue-green leaves on vibrantly purple stems with that classic Lacinato leaf shape plus all the flavor. More vigorous than any Lacinato we have grown, outshined all other kales at the Taproot Growers dry farmed kale trial. Also has a well-earned reputation for being more winter hardy than other strains of Lacinato. This variety was bred in and for organic conditions by Hank Keogh of Avoca Seed.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Sow indoors with good potting soil February through September. Transplant about 3-4 weeks after sprouting. In our region, kale can grow through the winter without protection, and survives best when sown in June or early July for this purpose. Alternatively, direct sow March through September.
To maintain genetic diversity and prevent inbreeding, collect seeds from 10 or more plants of B. napus varieties, or 30 or more plants of B. oleracea. Cut seed heads when pods are dry, place on tarp, thresh by hand or by dancing. Winnow and screen to clean. Isolate from other Brassicas of the same species by ½ mile.