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Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Darkibor'
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common name: Kale 'Darkibor', Curly Kale, Borecole
synonyms: Brassica oleracea var. acephala 'Darkibor'
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.