Collards, Georgia Southern Creole Collards, Brassica oleracea, 4in Potted Plant, Brassicaceae, Organic, Heirloom, GMO Free
4in Potted Plant
Name: Collards, ‘Georgia Southern Creole’
Scientific Name: Brassica oleracea (acephala group)
This heirloom variety is one of the tried and true, boasting good resistance to heat and cold. A great choice for southern growers, but can also find success more north. Gives huge yields, and full of flavor. Care should be taken to prevent pests from eating it before you get a chance to enjoy it.
Recommended Uses: Culinary
Height:10-12 in. up to 3ft wide
Hardiness: zones: USDA 3-11
Flower Color: Yellow
Maturity: 60-75 days
Collard greens are a cool season vegetable and are often planted in late summer to early autumn for winter harvest in the south. In more northern areas, collards may be planted a little earlier for fall or winter harvest. Heat will cause collards to bolt, becoming more bitter and produce less. For USDA zones 6 and below plant in early summer, for zones 7 and higher late summer will work. Frost will actually improve the collards flavor so there’s no problem with light freezes that may occur later in the growing season.
To start pick a location that gets full to mostly full sun. Either direct sow seeds in rows up to 3 feet apart, thinning plants every 18 in within the row, or start in seed trays and transplant giving the seedlings 18 in apart. Keep seeds evenly moist in fertile soil until germination, do not allow seedlings to dry out completely.