Plant of the Week: Ornamental Kale
By: Christina Timm
Now that we are into September and the weather is cooler, a plant that works well this time of the year is…Kale! Ornamental Kale, meaning Kale that is only used for it’s looks and not for eating, is a very low-maintenance plant.
You might be asking yourself why Kale is grown for fall.
Kale does not like to dry out, so growing it in the summer wouldn’t be the ideal situation. Also, the heat can elongate the stem and diminish the colorful foliage. In fact, cooler temperatures is what makes the center of Kale pop with color. Kale can turn shades of pinks, reds, and purples. Others have white centers.
Another name for ornamental Kale is flowering Kale. Did you know that flowering Kale rarely flowers?
It’s true! Kale is grown as an annual in our location and doesn’t live long enough to be able to produce flowers, if any. The dramatic change in color the foliage takes on in cooler weather is also why it’s called flowering Kale.
Light: Kale prefers full sun (about 5-6 hours)
Water: Make sure to keep your Kale watered. It does not like to get dried out.
Growth: Kale has a medium to slow growth, so buy the size you need. It is a short-lived season depending on the weather.
Did you know Kale tolerates frost?
Yup! Not only does Kale love cooler weather, its foliage says no problem to a little frost.
Stop by to check out our selection of Ornamental Kale!