Brassica - oleracea
Item #V-7175| 25 Seeds | Price: $7.15
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For early-season harvest. 124 Days to Maturity. Kalettes® are a brand new vegetable that are a fresh fusion of sweet and nutty. Not only do they have great flavor but Kalettes are also incredibly versatile and can be cooked in a variety of ways; in fact, Kalettes may well be one of the most versatile vegetables out there! Kalettes can be sautéed, roasted, grilled or eaten raw. Kalettes® are the product of years of breeding work that began with crosses between Brussels sprouts and kale by Tozer Seeds. Kalettes are a non-GMO vegetable developed through traditional hybridization and not genetic modification. Known as Flower Sprouts in the U.K., this delicious vegetable has now made its way across the pond and is called Kalettes in North America. The open, flower-like florets are ready when approximately 2" in diameter. The three bicolor varieties we offer are specifically slated for different harvest slots. Autumn Star is our choice for early-season harvest. Kalettes will produce the best florets when planted in fertile soils with a pH above 6.5-7.5. To maintain steady growth, irrigate in dry weather and fertilize at 75% the amount of nitrogen as you would Brussels sprouts. The inspiration behind Kalettes came from a desire to create a kale type vegetable which was versatile, easy to prepare and looked great. Crossing kale with brussels sprouts was a natural fit since they are both from the Brassica Oleracea species which also includes cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. The result is a brand-new vegetable which looks a little like a tiny cabbage with green frilly leaves and streaks of purple. Kalettes get their great taste by combining the best flavors from brussels sprouts and kale, resulting in a fresh fusion of sweet and nutty. Try these yummy recipes.
Vegetable Garden – Tips on Growing Kalettes® From Seed
CULTURE: Both Kalettes and Flower Sprouts produce the best crops when planted in fertile soils with a pH of 6.5–7.5. To maintain steady growth, the crop should be well fertilized and irrigated in dry weather. Crops grown under poor fertility or dry conditions will yield florets of lesser quality. However, excess amounts of nitrogen in the soil cause overly leafy and unattractive florets. To prevent either extreme, and to achieve the ideal appearance, fertilize Kalettes and Flower Sprouts at 75% of the amount of nitrogen as you would Brussels sprouts. Cool weather will provide the best growing conditions, especially when forming florets, but the plants will grow well in areas with mild summer weather prior to floret formation.
TRANSPLANTING: While direct seeding is possible, it is recommended to transplant these crops. Sow 2–3 seeds per cell in 72-cell plug flats, ¼ inch deep, 4–6 weeks before transplanting. When ready, transplant with 18 inch spacing between plants, in rows 24 inch apart.
North and Midwest: For a fall harvest, transplant all varieties, including Flower Sprouts, in mid-May through early June.
Deep South: For a fall and early winter harvest, transplant in September. We recommend the earliest Kalette variety, Autumn Star, and Flower Sprouts. The key to success is to transplant early enough so the plants are 2–3 feet tall prior to the onset of cold weather and the low light levels of winter.
California: Transplant in August for fall and winter harvest. We recommend planting Autumn Star, Mistletoe, Snow Drop, and Flower Sprouts. The key to success is to transplant early enough so that the plants are 2–3 feet tall prior to the onset of cold weather and the low light levels of winter.
TOPPING: For earlier, more concentrated production, top the plants by pinching out the growing point at the top of the plants. This should be done when the florets lower on the stem are ½–¾ inches in diameter. When plants are topped, the top florets will mature first. The tops of the plants may be bunched and sold as a cooking green, much like kale.
DISEASES: To control diseases, adhere strictly to a preventative program that includes long crop rotations with non-cruciferous crops, clean starting mixes, and strict sanitation practices
PESTS: The best insect pest control on young plants is the use of fabric row covers, which prevents the insects’ access to the plants. Put row covers in place on the day of planting. If heavy pressure from flea beetles is observed, treat with azadirachtin or pyrethrin. Cabbage worms can be controlled with Bacillus thuringiensis.
HARVEST: Harvest florets when they are approximately 1½–2 inches in diameter. A light frost will not harm the plants and will improve flavor.
Rotation and Companion Planting