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Germination of

Brassica oleracea

Ornamental Kale Crane Feather Queen: Feathered Queen, Peacock Kale, Crane Kale, Plumed Kale, Feathered Cabbage

Brassica oleracea

Brassica oleracea: Brassica oleracea seeds can be sown indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date in well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5. The seeds should be planted 1 cm deep and kept in a cool location with temperatures between 15-18�C. It is important to keep the soil moist during germination, which can take 7-10 days. Once the seedlings have emerged, they can be gradually hardened off and transplanted to their final location after the last frost date. It is recommended to fertilize the plants with a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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