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Brassica oleracea Gemmifera x Acephala Group (Kalette)

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skill rating
4 hours care
per year
0.8m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Brassica oleracea Gemmifera x Acephala Group

Other names

Kalette, Flower sprouts, Brusselkale

Genus

Brassica Brassica

Variety or Cultivar

B. oleracea Gemmifera x Acephala Group _ B. oleracea Gemmifera x Acephala Group, a hybrid between kale and Brussels sprouts, is a perennial grown as an annual vegetable crop with an erect stem bearing rounded, veined, often purple-flushed, grey-green leaves and high yields of small, edible, leafy buds ready for harvest approximately 140 days after sowing.


Brassica oleracea Gemmifera x Acephala Group is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Birds , Cabbage caterpillars , Cabbage gall weevil , Cabbage root fly , Cabbage stem flea beetle , Cabbage whitefly , Chafer grubs in lawns , Cutworms , Diamond-back moth , Flea beetles , Mealy cabbage aphid , Slugs , Snails , Swede midge Birds , Cabbage caterpillars , Cabbage gall weevil , Cabbage root fly , Cabbage stem flea beetle , Cabbage whitefly , Chafer grubs in lawns , Cutworms , Diamond-back moth , Flea beetles , Mealy cabbage aphid , Slugs , Snails , Swede midge

Diseases

This variety has fairly good disease resistance.

Black rot , Clubroot , Downy mildew , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Leaf spot , White blister Black rot , Clubroot , Downy mildew , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Leaf spot , White blister

General care

Pruning

Start harvesting from the bottom of the stems. Twist off the stem.

Propagation

Sow in early to mid-spring in frames for harvest from mid-autumn to early spring. Can be sown in-situ in late spring or early summer.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Brassica oleracea Gemmifera x Acephala Group (Kalette) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Cultivation is nearly identical to growing Brussels sprouts. Sow in frames in early to mid-spring. Plant out in late spring or early summer when plants are 15cm high & have at least seven true leaves. Needs neutral to alkaline, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Choose an area vacated by a non-brassica crop. Needs ample nitrogen so best to grow in succession to a nitrogen-fixing crop like peas or beans.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Brassica oleracea Gemmifera x Acephala Group

Other names

Kalette, Flower sprouts, Brusselkale

Genus

Brassica Brassica

Variety or Cultivar

B. oleracea Gemmifera x Acephala Group _ B. oleracea Gemmifera x Acephala Group, a hybrid between kale and Brussels sprouts, is a perennial grown as an annual vegetable crop with an erect stem bearing rounded, veined, often purple-flushed, grey-green leaves and high yields of small, edible, leafy buds ready for harvest approximately 140 days after sowing.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect


Colour

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Birds , Cabbage caterpillars , Cabbage gall weevil , Cabbage root fly , Cabbage stem flea beetle , Cabbage whitefly , Chafer grubs in lawns , Cutworms , Diamond-back moth , Flea beetles , Mealy cabbage aphid , Slugs , Snails , Swede midge

Diseases

This variety has fairly good disease resistance.

Specific diseases

Black rot , Clubroot , Downy mildew , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Leaf spot , White blister

General care

Pruning

Start harvesting from the bottom of the stems. Twist off the stem.

Propagation

Sow in early to mid-spring in frames for harvest from mid-autumn to early spring. Can be sown in-situ in late spring or early summer.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Brassica oleracea Gemmifera x Acephala Group (Kalette) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Cultivation is nearly identical to growing Brussels sprouts. Sow in frames in early to mid-spring. Plant out in late spring or early summer when plants are 15cm high & have at least seven true leaves. Needs neutral to alkaline, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Choose an area vacated by a non-brassica crop. Needs ample nitrogen so best to grow in succession to a nitrogen-fixing crop like peas or beans.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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