Brassicas: Tree Collards X Dino Kale (lacinato)
OK - so I have 3 types of kale that are over 1 year old (planted last winter, survived summer, growing beautifully now).
The tree collard has been flowering (which supposedly I am not supposed to allow) and now I see the Lacinato Kale has a flowering head on it...
I want to cross them - I'm looking for a kale that has the perennial tendencies of the tree collard (lives 5 years) with an improved flavor and texture - like the lacinato.
The lacinato has survived a year, so it is acting somewhat perennial anyway, but that's another story.
The plants are a few feet away from each other, and there is ample bee activity, so a chance they will cross without my help.
But what can I do to improve my chances?
Can I prevent either of these plants from self-pollinating?
Or just actively hand-pollinate early & often?
Any help appreciated.