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Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Starbor'
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common name: Kale 'Starbor', Curly Kale, Borecole
synonyms: Brassica oleracea var. acephala 'Starbor'
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. Dwarf compact habit with very curly, dark bluish green leaves. Tender to eat and can be cropped all year.
Moist, fertile, neutral or alkaline soil in full sun. Tolerant of poorer soils and conditions than most other Brassica vegetables. Very hardy.
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.