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Perennial Brassicas?

Posted by apeheadqwerty 6a (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 28, 11 at 13:39

Hello,

I've been searching for some plants to start my permaculture garden, and I've hit a bit of a wall on this family, since it appears that the truly desirable varieties (ehwiger kohl, chou Daubenton) don't typically set seed, therefore must be propagated with clippings. Unfortunately, the primary area of cultivation seems to be north-western Europe (Northern France and the Low Countries). Does anyone have any leads? From what I gather, the varieties I seek are ramosa and acephala.


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RE: Perennial Brassicas?

Brassica oleracea, var. acephala is a group of kales that include the common scotch kale and collard greens, readily available from many seed catalogs. Ramosa is a subset of this group that is represened by thousand headed kale. Not as widely available as the above two be not hard to find. Most of the Brassica family are biennials so you must live in a place where you can over winter the plants (or dig and store the plants for winter) to obtain seed


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