Kale 'Nero Di Toscana' Seeds | Brassica Oleracea Acephala | By Mr Fothergills

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Kale 'Nero Di Toscana' Seeds | Brassica Oleracea Acephala | By Mr Fothergills
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Kale 'Nero Di Toscana' Seeds | Brassica Oleracea Acephala | By Mr Fothergills

Kale "Nero di Toscana" Seeds | Mr Fothergill's

Our brassica olera acephala Kale "Nero di Toscana" seeds produce an Italian variety of curly kale which is also known as Black Russian. It has unique dark green wrinkled leaves that can be eaten raw or cooked and are an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C. It is perfect for mixed salads due to its texture. The plants are easy to grow and have great winter hardiness.

Variety Information

No. Seeds Per Pack 400
Sow Indoors March - September
Sow Outdoors March - September
Location Full Sun<, Partial Shade/td>
Harvest Time June - March
Hardiness Hardy Perennial

Features

Wrinkled Texture
Source Of Vitamin A & C
Easy To Grow
Great Winter Hardiness
Optional Extras
  • 5 Pack Seedling Planter Tray 24 Cells
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • 200 Litres - The Chamberlain Wooden Raised Grow Bed by Lacewing™ - 100cm² (H20cm)
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  • Easy Fleece Tunnel
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  • Giant Easy Fleece Tunnel
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  • Slug Barrier Circles
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Kale is easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: this species is hardy and well-suited to the UK's climate.
  • Planting In Pots: suitable for growing in containers 20cm (8in) deep or larger.
  • Position: place in a sunny position or in light shade.
  • Soil Types: sow in well-cultivated, fertile soil.

Germination Requirements: sow indoors or in a well-prepared seedbed outdoors in conditions that aren't too hot or dry.

Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sow seeds 1cm (1/2in) deep in a modular seed tray with 1-2 seeds per module.

Planting Distance (Ground): sow seeds 1cm (1/2in) deep 45cm (18in) apart.

Soil Preparation: remove weeds and large stones and dig in well-rotted manure or garden compost.

Thinning: after around 2 weeks, thin seedlings to 20-30cm (8-12in) apart.

Pest Control: check for caterpillars and remove if found.

Watering Requirements: keep watered during dry conditions.

For a more detailed guide please read our blog below.

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Seeds Jargon

  • F1 Hybrids: hybrid seeds are produced from two specially selected varieties that are kept in isolation. As they are produced from only two plants, seeds are almost identical genetically.
  • Open Pollinated: open pollinated plants aren't isolated from other varieties, so are more genetically diverse.
  • Heirloom: heirloom seeds are historic, some going back to Victorian times, others more recent. Heirloom varieties can be good or bad, depending on how careful the breeder is to maintain genetic similarity.
Hybrids vs Open Pollinated

As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.

Annual, Biennial and Perennial

Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.

Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender

Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.

We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.

Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos and we have done everything we can to ensure that all of our products are as sustainable as possible, be it our plastic free, fully recyclable packaging, GM free seeds or ethically sourced compost.

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