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Dino Kale (aka Cavolo Nero or Palm Cabbage) is super tasty, healthy, and good lookin' :-).
It's a cabbage-like plant that grows upward like a palm tree. So, it doesn't need nearly as much space as other kales. Bright yellow flowers in spring are an extra treat.
Species name: Nero di Toscane
Number of plants per square patch: 1
Height: Up to 80 cm
Sowing time: April - mid-July and September to mid-October
Sowing depth: 0,5 cm
Germination: 7 to 23°C in 5 to 12 days
Time to harvest: After 6 weeks
Sunlight: Can grow in sun as well as shade
Want to buy Dino Kale seeds? We sell the bags separately, but Dino Kale seeds are also in our Essentials Seed Pack:
What's so special about Dino Kale
Dino Kale is a popular type of kale. It is a cabbage-like plant with beautiful blue-green leaves.
It grows upward like a palm tree, so it fits nicely in an MM-Mini or your Planty Garden raised bed.
Sowing and growing Dino Kale
Super simple: sow, grow and harvest. One plant fits in one 30x30 cm square patch.
Dino Kale is cold-resistant and actually grows best in cool weather: heat makes the leaves a bit bitter.
Protect your Dino Kale against snails and caterpillars: they love it. The good news is that these plants are strong, so attacks from hungry critters won't be the end of your kale.
Leave Dino Kale in your garden all year long if you like. You can continue to harvest the whole time. The plants can survive harsh winters. In spring the Dino Kale starts flowering: great for the first bees and butterflies. After it flowers, it's time to say goodbye.
Extra info: You can pre-sow Dino Kale in March under glass or in a cold greenhouse. Not on the windowsill: that's much too warm. Then it won't be able to handle the transition outdoors.
Step-by-step sowing and growing instructions for Dino Kale are in the Planty Gardening app.
How do you use it?
The leaves can be eaten just like any other kale: tossed in a stew or with mashed potatoes. It's tasty in soups or stir-fry dishes.
Finely chopped young leaves are delicious in salads or green smoothies. Dino Kale has a strong flavor, so taste it first to see if you like it.