What is the best variety of kale for FL Panhandle coast?

sherilou_2010(8)March 13, 2010

What is the best variety of kale to grow around the Mexico Beach area of the Florida Panhandle? Thank you!

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wisner_gw wisner

I planted the Dwarf Blue Curled the last couple years. It's done well, bought the seed at the Dollar Store.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 1:38PM
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sherilou_2010(8)

Thank you for the response! It's good to know that the cold weather varieties of kale do well in a warmer climate, too. Does your Dwarf Blue Curled Kale last all winter?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 4:02PM
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wisner_gw wisner

I planted the seed in October and it grows all winter. This winter was colder than normal and it didn't grow much during January and February. Now that it has warmed up it is growing great. I am in SW La.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 4:06PM
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carolynbinder

Hi! We really enjoyed our Russian Red Kale last fall and winter, and we'll be planting it again this fall. It is beautiful in the garden, and the most sweet and tender kale we have grown. It produced throughout the cold season, and we were even able to save seed from it. What we didn't eat, our chickens enjoyed. For more information, please visit us at http://www.cowlickcottagefarm.com, where we blog with joy about our garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cowlick Cottage Farm

    Bookmark   August 2, 2010 at 9:43PM
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sherilou_2010(8)

Beautiful website... great job! I agree, Red Russian Kale is an incredibly tasty heirloom kale that is super-easy to grow.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2010 at 7:22AM
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captturbo

I second the Red Russian. I had great luck with it for years here in SW Florida. I haven't managed to find seed for it the last few years and I miss it.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 2:00PM
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