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Vegetable Gardening: broccoli and kale crossing? (different species)

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Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 14, 2012
11:40 AM

Post #9082240

Will Russian kale, B. napas var. pabularia, cross with B. oleracea?

I don't think they will, but I need to be sure. The broccoli blooms flushed before the kale, but in a sneaky manner keeps putting out a bloom or two. It's getting tedious keeping them pinched back, saving seeds from both and don't want them crossed.


Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2012
12:25 PM

Post #9082303

how far are from each others?
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2012
12:43 PM

Post #9082315

Russian kale, Siberian kale (B. napus) are not true kales. different species so chances of a cross are virtually nil. On the other hand broccoli will cross with all the true kales ( B. oleracea. With Russian or Siberian kale you have to watch out for turnips, rutabagas, rape and other B. napus. They will cross.
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 14, 2012
5:07 PM

Post #9082607

I've kept the curly kale and russian at separate bloom times too. Sounds like that's not necessary, great to know! Thank you, Farmerdill.

Drthor, I don't use distance when saving seeds. I love the bees, I just don't trust them. lol

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