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How to grow collard greens

How long does it take to grow collard greens?

Collards can be planted in early spring for early summer harvest, or in late/summer or early fall for a late fall harvest. Most varieties are ready to harvest in 55 to 75 days.

What month do you plant collard greens?

Plant collard greens in spring 3 to 4 weeks before the last frost. These plants will grow well in raised beds, containers, and in-ground gardens. Space plants 18 to 24 inches apart in an area with full sun and fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5 to 6.8.

Do collard greens come back every year?

Collard greens are a biennial plant. But if you’re somewhere cold, it’s only an annual unless you take extreme measures.

Do collard greens grow back after cutting?

And the brilliant thing is once you harvest the first leaves, your collards will grow back and will regrow even quicker giving you a cut-and-come-again crop for weeks and weeks if not months.

What is the best fertilizer for collard greens?

Use a high-nitrogen fertilizer, such as nitrate of soda (15-0-0) or calcium nitrate (16-0-0), or a garden fertilizer with high concentrations of nitrogen and less phosphorus, such as 27-3-3, 24-0-15 or similar formulation.

How do you know when collards are ready to pick?

Collard leaves are ready for harvest as soon as they reach usable size. They will be most tasty when picked young–less than 10 inches long and dark green. Older leaves will be tough and stringy. Collard greens are ready for harvest 75 to 85 days from transplants, 85 to 95 days from seed.

What can you not plant near collard greens?

Collard greens are in the same plant family as cabbage, broccoli, kale, and cauliflower, so they should not be planted together. If planted in large quantities together, they will use the same nutrients in the soil, resulting in generally less nutrients that the plants need.

How do you get the bitterness out of collard greens?

The next step that has to happen to remove the bitterness is to add a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix the pot thoroughly and taste the greens. If they are still too bitter, add another teaspoon of salt and lemon juice, stir, taste, and repeat until the bitterness is gone.

How often do you water collard greens?

Collard greens need moist soil—around two inches of water per week. Watering your collards evenly and consistently will ensure a healthy crop. If your soil gets dry too quickly, mulch around the plants to retain moisture. Trim off flower stalks.

Can you grow collards in containers?

Dear Donald: You absolutely can grow fine collards in a pot. Collards grow big and need a big container. Use at least a 3-gallon pot. Or try a 5 gallon pail, or be creative and go for several plants in an oak half-barrel.

Why are my collards not growing?

Diseases. Though uncommon in healthy garden soil, disease occasionally accounts for poor plant growth in collard greens. Fungal pathogens such as clubroot, phytophthora root rot and verticillium wilt produce symptoms of stunted growth and yellowing of lower leaves.

How do I keep bugs from eating my collard greens?

Combine five parts water, two parts isopropyl alcohol and 1 teaspoon of dish liquid in a spray bottle. Spray the collard greens thoroughly, contacting all parts of the leaves once a week, to control flea beetles.

What type of bugs eat collard greens?

Pests on Collard Greens

Pests include aphids, cabbage worms and the harlequin bug. Aphids are usually small, brown bugs that gather on the underside of the plant’s leaves. There are three types of cabbage worms. All are green, small and like to eat the plant’s leaves.

Can you eat edema on collard greens?

The damage is generally only superficial, but greatly affects visual quality. Not too serious on pumpkin or squash fruit, but very serious on collard greens or kale. Edema will eventually stop appearing on new growth if the weather warms or turns dry, but it will not disappear on already affected tissue.

What are the black spots on collard greens?

Alternaria leaf spot is caused by fungus Alternaria brassicae. The leaves of the infected crop (especially kales) have black or brown circular spots. With time, the spots enlarge and concentric rings appear on them.

Is edema bad for plants?

Edema in plants is not a serious disease and it’s not a symptom of a bacteria, virus or insect infestation. Common causes of plant edema include over watering and improper fertilization; it’s easily curable if caught early.

Can you eat cabbage with edema?

Vegetables very susceptible to edema include tomato (foliage and fruit), beans (foliage and pods), cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, potato foliage, and most cucurbits (fruit, foliage, and stem).

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