Curly Kale Seedling, 10 pcs
Plant curly kale seedlings about 30cm (12 inches) apart from each other. This spacing allows enough room for the plants to grow and develop their distinctive curly leaves.
The time to harvest curly kale from seedlings typically ranges from 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the variety and growing conditions. You can begin harvesting the outer leaves when they are about 8-10cm (3-4 inches) long, leaving the center leaves to continue growing.
Curly kale seedlings thrive in full sunlight, but they can also tolerate partial shade. Provide them with at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily. If you're growing them indoors, ensure they receive 10-12 hours of light under a growth light or place them near a sunny window.
Choose well-draining soil for your curly kale seedlings. The soil should be rich in organic matter and have a pH level between 6.0 and 7.5. Amending the soil with compost or well-rotted manure before planting will provide essential nutrients and promote healthy growth.
Keep the soil consistently moist. Curly kale seedlings prefer regular watering, especially during hot and dry periods. Ensure the soil remains evenly moist but not waterlogged. Water at the base of the plants to prevent wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal issues.
Curly kale benefits from a nutrient-rich soil. Before planting, incorporate a balanced fertilizer into the soil following the recommended application rates. As the seedlings grow, you can side-dress them with compost or apply a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 3-4 weeks to provide ongoing nourishment.
Regularly monitor the Electrical Conductivity (EC) and pH levels of the nutrient solution. Curly kale seedlings prefer an EC range between 1.5 to 2.5 mS/cm and a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5. Adjust the nutrient solution as needed to maintain these levels throughout the growth cycle.
Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids, cabbage worms, and flea beetles. Inspect your curly kale seedlings regularly and take appropriate measures to protect them from pests.
Curly kale is a cold-hardy vegetable, but young seedlings may need protection from extreme cold. Consider using row covers or cloths to shield the seedlings during chilly nights.