Brassica oleraceae-Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower
Plant Name Kale-Red Russian, Nero de Toscana, Broccoli-Green Sprouting Calabrese, Cauliflower Romanesco
Botanical Brassica oleraceae
Pollination, Crossing and Isolation Cabbage Flowers must be insect or hand pollinated. All Brassica oleraceae will cross pollinate up to 1km away so only one variety should be allowed to go to seed at a time. Save at least three plants to ensure genetic diversity.
Seed production, Harvest and Processing In early spring cut a shallow X in the top of the head. This will allow an emerging seed stalk to push its way up. The stalk will grow 10-15cm tall before branching out. The seed pods must be allowed to develop fully. When ready, remove the seed stalk and dry away from the direct sun, placing a paper bag over the top. As it dries the seed will fall from the pod into the bottom of the bag.
Viability Seed will remain viable for up to 5 years in ideal conditions (cool and dry)
Save seed in packets written on outside following information
1. Name of Plant
2. Date collected
3. Original origin of seed
6. Contact details-email or phone