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botanical name:
Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Darkibor'
Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Darkibor' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Kale 'Darkibor', Curly Kale, Borecole
synonyms:  Brassica oleracea var. acephala 'Darkibor'
family:  Brassicaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 0.90m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: fast
growth habit:
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
stem/bark: green
main season: Winter
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
Culinary vegetable, F1 hybrid, biennial but normally grown as an annual. Deeply curled, dark green leaves. Tall vigorous growing habit producing a good crop of numerous leaves. Tender to eat, reliable variety.

Moist, fertile, neutral or alkaline soil in full sun. Tolerant of poorer soils and conditions than most other Brassica vegetables. Very hardy.
Cropping is from late autumn through winter, into spring. Cut leaves as required.
Susceptible to clubroot disease.

From seed, sown in containers or directly, from March onwards. Late sowings can be made in July for over-wintering. Transplant container grown seedling to open ground in summer, spacing at about 25cm.

Edible leaves with a good flavour and very nutritious. Useful winter crop.
The attractive leaves also have ornamental value.

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