Crane Feather King is an F1 hybrid kale bred specifically for use as a cut flower in winter bouquets and flower arrangements. Deeply cut, frilly leaves in silvery grey surround a rosette of interior leaves that become a rich creamy white with a blush of pink in response to cold weather. The annual plants for a single, upright stem 50- 90cm (20-36") tall, depending on timing. Sow the seeds in flats in July and August (or earlier), and transplant out with the protection of lightweight row cover when the seedlings have two to three true leaves. We recommend the use of flower netting to keep the stems straight and upright. In 90-120 days, which should be November to December, the stalks will be ready for cutting and the leaves will be ready for amazing flower arrangements. Tight spacing encourages taller growth. Once the plants are 25cm (10") tall, begin to remove the lowest leaves to encourage thinner stems. These are technically edible, and may become sweeter after frost.
Grow with the companion product Crane Feather Queen for contrast and added charm.
Kale contains higher levels of beta-carotene than any other green vegetable, and is also high in vitamin C and calcium. Collards are not far behind. All are easy to grow, vigorous, nutritious, resistant to cold, and easy to harvest and prepare. And the greens even get sweeter after frost. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Kale and Collards from Seeds Guide and grow healthy food! Perfect for juicing and long lasting green that stores well, delicious in crunchy salads.