How to grow Lacinato Kale

Lacinato kale growing leaf plant variety of Kale also known as Tuscan kale, Dinosaur kale or Tuscan cabbage, Lacinato Kale grow as biennial or perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental plant, grow in temperate, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 2-10a spring planting 9-11 in autumn planting.

Lacinato Kale leaves

Leaves with curly edges the leaves with bumps and remained dinosaur skin, the color of the leaves: green blue, also possible to eat in the summer.

Flower color yellow, the small flowers grow on inflorescence.

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Requirements for Lacinato Kale growing and care:

Rich soil that’s been well fertilized, Clean Larvae from the leaves

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but it’s possible

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive to hot temperature, white butterfly can eat a lot of leaves and cause irreversible damage

Planting season:
Spring / Autumn / Winter

Pests and diseases:
Pieris (butterfly), prodenia (Spodoptera)

Pruning season:
When it’s start to bloom unless you want the seeds

How to prune:
Prune the beginning of the inflorescence

Size of the plant?
30-80 cm, 12-32 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Small yellow flowers grow on inflorescence

Thinning the bloom:
Unless you want to save the seeds recommend thinning

Pollination is done by:
Bee and butterfly

Grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Planting when it’s started to be cold

Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry, cold temperature

Sowing season:
Spring / Autumn / Winter

Planting spacing:
30-50 cm

Depth of Sowing:
0.5-1.5 cm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist drained soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Big amount of water

Germination time:
7-20 days

Condition of seedling:
Fertilized ground, light shade, regular watering, and cold temperature

Do the seeds require burying?

Vegetative Reproduction

How to make Vegetative Reproduction in Lacinato Kale?

The best time for vegetative reproduction in Lacinato Kale:
Spring / Autumn

How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
2-4 Weeks

What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction in Lacinato Kale?
Put the cutting in water, moist soil shade and vegetative hormones

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year

How to harvest the leaves?
Trim in the base of the leaf

Information about leaves:
Leaves with curly edges the leaves with bumps and remained dinosaur skin, the color of the leaves: Green blue

Uses of Lacinato Kale leaves:
Eaten raw, Salad, Used for cooking

Scientific name:

Brassica oleracea – Acephala Group

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Leaf color

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

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Watering plants

Hardiness zone