How to Grow Kale

Kale is a large, green leafy plant that is most often used as a garnish, as the main “meat” of a salad or used to season the broth of soups. Kale is also very popular and widely grown plant and here we will be going over some tips, tricks and general guidelines to help you better grow your kale garden.

The big green plant is already fairly easy to grown in that it is extremely resistant to cold weather and insects (if only because there are very few insects that regularly feast on Kale). However, there are optimal times to plant it as well as just plain bad times. Never under any circumstances plant your kale in the winter or, depending on where you live, any time of the year that begins to mirror winter weather. Despite their hardy nature kale will still die to the cold like most plants and severe winds may up-root them. Arborgreen Kale also does fairly poorly in very hot weather as well, so take care, these beauties will not thrive in the mid summer months like most plants!

Spring and fall are the best time to plant them with the latter being the absolute best as the leaves (the part of the plant most often eaten) is generally sweeter. To actually physically plant them the process it quite simple. Simply look at the depth which they are at in their respective containers and put them that deep into the soil. Spacing is important here; as with most plants kale can’t grow if their resources are constantly being siphoned by another plant. So space them about nineteen to twenty five inches apart for optimal growth. The pH of the soil you are planting in should be around 6.0 to 6.9 for the best results. In soil that has very low pH there is a chance of clubroot disease, which any good planter will want to avoid. So remember to check your soil. Your choice of both place ment relative to sun and shade as well as your fertilizer will also have a big impact on your kale’s growth. Kale does best where it has a lot of access to direct sunlight, though it will still grow in places where it is in partial or complete shade throughout most of the day, it’s leaves will simply be smaller and less robust than that of it’s sun soaked counterparts.

The optimal amount of sun is at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, though, as previously mentioned the plant will still grow fine, albeit slightly slower, if it receives less than six hours of sunlight. Kale requires a good supply of water but be wary of overdoing your spraying sessions as kale do not need vast amounts of water like tomatoes or other plants you may be used to watering. one to one half inches of water every week, give or take a day, will be best for your kale.

Finally, we come to the plant’s most dreaded adversary, the nefarious Cabbageworm. These little devils love to crunch through your kale and if they are able to make their feast undetected can even kill the plant. So when your kale begins to bloom, always make sure to regularly check under the leaves for these little guys. However, as the name suggests Cabbage worms, well, tend to prefer cabbage, or other, more similar plants, such as broccoli, and will likely leave your kale alone.