Growing Collards, also Collard greens, Borekale

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Collards in Australia - tropical regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 8°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 40 - 50 cm apart
  • Harvest in 8-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chili, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard
  • Collard leaves

Leafy, green vegetable - heat tolerant so a good substitute for kale and cabbage in tropical areas. Also recommended for health reasons.

For best flavor and texture, leaves should be picked before they reach their maximum size.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Collards

Slice and steam or use in stir-fry

Your comments and tips

03 Jul 08, Omera (Australia - tropical climate)
Can you tell me if I can buy calaloo seeds or plants in Australia? Thanks
06 Jul 08, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Omera, you might want to get amaranth seeds, which according to wikipedia is used in callaloo. Eden Seeds sell amaranth by through their online shop in Australia.
24 Nov 08, Julie (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi, Can you please tell me where I can buy some seeds for Collard Greens as my partner is from Alabama and I would love to surprise him - We live in Melbourne
31 Dec 08, Michelle (Australia - temperate climate)
According to Wiki, Collards are also known as Borekale, and are a member of the Brassica oleracea Acephala Group along with broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Collards and Kale although closely related which are genetically similar, but are not the same thing. If you want Collards, be certain that you are not getting Kale.
01 Mar 09, Iain (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Collards seeds are available from thelostseed.com.au in Tasmania. They ship to most places in Australia.
26 Oct 09, RoseAnna (Australia - temperate climate)
Kale and collard greens are NOT the same vegetable. Collard greens do not have the curly-type leaf and DO taste incredibly different; almost a smokey-sort-of taste. I miss them SOOOO much. Where in Tasmania can I buy them? HELP??
13 Nov 09, stu (Australia - tropical climate)
wondering if the amarant will grow in the kimberly region!,and do you know of any side effects of eating it?
04 Jan 10, Annie (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Can one use silverbeet instead of collard greens? Or maybe spinach? Would it be too much different?
21 Jan 10, Nettie (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Where can I purchase seeds or seedlings of Galician Kale (Couve-galega)? It grows up to about 1 to 1.5 metres on a fairly long single stem and leaves are harvested from near the top as needed. It is common to Portugal and forms the basis of a delicious Portuguese soup called Caldo Verde.
22 Feb 10, David (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Folks, I trying to locate a supplier of Collard Greens seeds or seedlings in the Perth Western Australia area. I've scoured the usual web sites, without success. I've tried contacting Brisbane Organic Growers of Windsor QLD but it appears their web site is shut down. Can anyone please help me?
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