ornamental kale

v1rtApril 3, 2009

Can they be over wintered? Can they be grown from seed? Or if we buy them big, how do we propagate it?

Thanks!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
echinaceamaniac(7)

Mine over-wintered and are blooming now. You can buy seeds so I'm certain you can save the seeds after they bloom. These will die when temps get too high though. I like them. I didn't expect the yellow blooms.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 11:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Grown as annuals, not perennials. They'll take some very cold temps but they are not going to overwinter in your zone - they are mainly grown for a Fall to early winter display.

Kales do not tolerate summer heat, and plants set out in spring will bolt - start from seed in mid-summer or purchase transplants for a good fall show. Seeds must be sown under cool conditions for seedlings to thrive..... Sow your seeds about 6-10 weeks before the first frost - if you are still having warm temps 6 - 10 weeks before first frost, you may have to use your refrigerator for germination.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 11:50AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rusty_blackhaw(6a)

It should be mentioned that there are ornamental kale varieties that are both good to eat and which make excellent summer foliage displays in the perennial garden.

This site discusses a couple of good varieties, including my favorite, "Redbor" which has deep red-purple frilled foliage, grows to 2 1/2 feet or so and stands hot weather well.
It will overwinter like other kales and flower in spring, but you'll need new plants each year for the foliage display (seed is readily available).

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 5:05PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
When is the best time to divide Siberian iris?
I live in SW PA, and last year I noticed that my SIberian...
vlk20
Zone 10b: Dog Friendly Ground Covering (Creeping Perennial)
I am considering replacing our front lawn (in a gated,...
fraustachowski
I love wood Anemones...
Or Anemone nemorosa. They are just starting to poke...
christinmk z5b eastern WA
Names of these two plants?
Can someone help me with the names of these two bushes?...
rocklandguyZ8,SC
Why all the old stuff?
I'm curious--why am I seeing so many resurrected posts...
Kirstin Zone 5a NW Chicago
Sponsored Products
Campania International Where Is Junior Cast Stone Bird Bath - B-112-AL
$189.99 | Hayneedle
Beauvier Luggage Rack - Large
$299.00 | FRONTGATE
Atheneum Antique Gold Copper Wall Clock
$63.99 | Bellacor
Ornament Cocoa 48 to 84-Inch Curtain Rod
$33.95 | Bellacor
Mille Nuits Ceiling Light by Baccarat
$7,460.00 | Lumens
Uttermost Portici 53" H Antiqued Ivory Wall or Floor Mirror
Lamps Plus
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™