How to Plant Kale Seeds

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Kale seeds are readily available at most nurseries, and they can withstand cold climates, much like other cabbages. Plant kale seeds in full sun for the best results with gardening help from an urban horticulturist in this free video on plant seeds.

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Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb." So you want to raise kale from seed. Well it's an easy plant to grow. Most kale seeds will grow pretty true and it's easy to get, of course kale seeds from your local nursery. So go by your local nursery, get a package of the kale seed and make sure that you follow the directions. It gives you the directions on the back on what time to grow them. In much of the country you are either going to grow them in the Spring/Summer or you're going to grow them in the Fall/Winter. Kales are pretty cold hardy, just like cabbages, their cousins. Kale of course is one that's high in Vitamin C. It's an easy seed to grow. Plant it near full sun. You're going to plant it about a quarter-inch deep, maybe an eighth-inch deep, no deeper than a quarter and make sure you keep it moist. If a kale seed dries out it tends to die to keep it on the moist side. Kale seeds need full sun when they're growing and will do best in full sun to maybe just a little bit of partial shade. Make sure they have a general ph of about 55 to 65 as you would for most vegetables and of course they're going to be an annual. You can save the seeds from the plant if it tends to send out flowers toward the ending of the season if you want to let one plant bolt but if not, you can raise seed from seeds easily either stored or from the package. For raising kale, I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb".

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