Champion Collards

Champion Collards

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Selected to hold in the field up to two weeks longer than other varieties for an extended harvest.

Rich blue-green cabbage-like leaves. Plants are bolt resistant, productive and hardy. Waxy leaf surface provides natural protection from cabbage worms.

  • Improved Vates-type
  • 24-36" tall
  • Compact habit
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Brassica oleracea

Culture

Kale and collards are hardy biennials that will overwinter in milder climates, and improve in flavor with the onset of cold weather. They are in the Brassicaceae family, sharing species name Brassica oleracea with cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi.  

  • Collards – More heat tolerant. Giant round leaves.

Soil Nutrients and Requirements

Kale and Collards thrive in well drained fertile soil high in organic matter, with pH 6.0- 7.5. They can tolerate slightly alkaline soil. A general guideline is 2-3 lbs of 8-16-16 fertilizer over 100 sq ft of garden area two weeks before planting.  If boron is not present in your soils, consider adding 1 Tbs per 100 sq ft.

Plant Spacing

12-18”

Row Spacing

18-30”

Harvest

Harvest full size leaves when desired. Collards are very cold hardy, overwintering in most climates to some degree.

Storage

Cool leaves in cold water at harvest and store in plastic in fridge. In late fall, cut the heart of the plant and store just above freezing in a plastic bag for a few weeks.

Pest Info

Collards do not usually suffer too much from pest damage, but they are subject to the same insect pests as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.

  • Insect pests, including cabbage looper, imported cabbage worm, and diamondback moth are largely of the Lepidoptera order and can thus be controlled by Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and/or spinosad, preferentially in rotation with one another to prevent build-up of resistant individuals. 
  •  Flea beetles chew small holes in the leaves and are most detrimental when plants are young; use row cover (make sure edges are sealed).

Disease Info

In general,  collards do not usually suffer much from disease. They can be affected by Black Rot, caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris and Club root, caused by the soil borne fungus Plasmodiophora Brassica.  Prevention includes resistant varieties, crop rotation, removal or tillage of plant debris, eliminating cruciferous weeds, and handling plants in dry conditions.

Days to Maturity

70 Days