Kalettes, also known as 'Flower Sprouts' are grown in the same way as Sprouts. They resemble sprouts, but open up like flowers and have kale like leaves and texture but with a milder taste than Sprouts. They are winter hardy and a perfect winter veg addition to the allotment plot.
|When to sow||Sow Feb to March indoors and March to April outdoors (if weather is cold offer cloche protection)|
|Where to sow||
Sow thinly in seed beds (which have already been watered) or in modules 2cm (3/4 in) deep. As soon as seedlings show their first pair of leaves, pot on into trays 5cm (2") apart.
Gradually harden off before planting in the growing site 60cm (24") apart in May. Thin outdoor seedlings as soon as possible to 10cm (4") apart. When danger of frost has passed move to final position with 60cm spacing. Plant them firmly and water well.
|What to do next||
Draw soil around the stems firmly after planting out to increase stability. As the plants get taller they may require staking especially in exposed areas.
If the plants are not growing well in mid summer apply a general organic fertilizer.
September to December. Harvest is usually improved after the first frosts.
Remove the 'sprouts' from the main stem with a sharp knife, breaking off will damage the main stem. Take the lowest sprouts first and work up the stem as required.
|Handy Tips||May require a protective netting or fleece to prevent bird attack.|
|Companion Planting||Beets, carrots, marigolds, mints, nasturtiums, onions, rosemary, sage, thyme.|
|Nutritional Information||Highest level of vitamin C in all vegetables , also contains pro-vitamin A & B.|
|Serving Suggestion||Can be served simply boiled (7 to 10 mins depending on size), steamed or microwaved.|
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