Kale
Brassica oleracea 'Jersey Walking Stick'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea (awl-lur-RAY-see-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Jersey Walking Stick

Category:

Vegetables

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Green

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Aromatic

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Richmond, California

Sacramento, California

Sanger, California

Norfolk, Virginia

Olympia, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
3
neutrals
0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 8, 2015, jv123 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This kale is pretty amazing. The seeds I germinated came up fast and never slowed down. The first year they got to about 6 or 7 feet tall. The aphids and slugs absolutely love them though. A few winters ago we had some cold snaps that got down to 10 degrees, and I lost all but a few of my monster kale. I still have one left after 3 years, and it looks more like a small tree than a kale. It literally has branches. One other thing to consider about this plant... imagine the rotting cabbage smell from a normal kale. Now multiply it by several times. When this one dies or has some leaves drop, the smell is nearly as intense and far-reaching as my carrion flowers and dragon arum.

Positive

On May 31, 2011, CaliGnome from Sanger, CA wrote:

Grown from seed in central California - but don't even think about Roundup when you're near it, it's very sensitive - I killed off three plants with very light overspray.

Neutral

On Jan 30, 2011, WalkingStick from Olympia, WA wrote:

I grew Jersey Kale from see seed purchased from Chiltern Seeds. I had one plant about 5 foot tall with a bunch of cabbage like leaves on top. It bloomed the following year. Strictly a novelty plant. The seed seems to remain viable for years.

Neutral

On Jan 13, 2010, texasflora_com from De Leon, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I've seen Walking Stick Kale seeds available all over the place but bountifulgardens.org says that you can't grow it from seed and must use cuttings. They said the seed is either non viable or doesn't make a true walking stick kale. So I'm confused on what to believe.
Malabar spinach is another plant/subject.

Neutral

On Feb 4, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

In the US, this would be called a collard. It has the large smooth leaves and grows like the Georgia collard, except that it reaches for the sky. It is harvested by removing the lower leaves.