Giant champion collard greens, Vegetable Seeds
Collards Seeds - Champion, Very cold tolerant and can be planted in fall as well as spring.
75-85 days. Brassica oleracea var. viridis. Champion Collards seeds grow huge, slightly crumpled, juicy leaves. These collards leaves are cabbage-like, with a dark blue-green color. Champion collards has a mild cabbage-like flavor that improves with light frost. These leaves keep their eating quality 2 weeks longer than the Vates collards variety, making them excellent for home gardens and home consumption
- Zones: 3-9
- Planting Depth: 1/4" inch
- Spacing: 8-12" inches between plants; 18-24" inches between rows
- Sun/Shade: Partial Sun
- Germination: 5-10 days
- Days to Maturity: 60 days
- Plant Height: 24-36" inches
How to Grow Champion Collards from Seed
Collard greens are a cool-hardy crop best if sown in early spring or late summer. For early starts, begin indoors 4-6 weeks prior to final frost or, for a fall harvest, sow 3-4 weeks before first frost. Sow 2-3 seeds 1/4" deep per cell or 4" apart in the garden in Organic, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-6.5. Germinates in 5-12 days, thinning out best starts every 12-18" once true leaves establish. Water regularly to keep collard greens from drying and becoming bitter, but do not oversaturate causing mold, mildew, and rot. Collards thrive from a composted soil bed and require little fertilizing throughout the season unless leaves begin to yellow.
How to Harvest Champion Collards
About 8-10 weeks after transplanting, collards are ready for harvest. Like with many "“cut and come again" crops, harvest frequently to boost production. Collard leaves can be harvested at any size based on preference, but larger leaves become more coarse and bitter. Entire plants may be harvested whole, or simply pick the leaves from the bottom as needed to allow further production. For best flavor, allow greens a frost or two before harvesting.