Flowering Kale Seeds - Kamome Series Mix
- Seed Count: 70 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 80-90 days from sowing
- Plant Type: Biennial grown as annual
- Origin: Developed in Japan
- Foliage: Fringed, lacy leaves in a rosette formation
- Growth Pattern: Compact growth, 12-18 inches in height and width
- Soil Preference: Well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0
- Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
History: The Kamome Series Mix is a special type of flowering kale that was developed in Japan, designed specifically for its ornamental value. Unlike traditional kale, which is primarily grown for culinary uses, the Kamome Series has been bred to produce vibrant, fringed leaves that intensify in color as temperatures drop. It has gained global recognition for its ornamental value, often found in both personal gardens and professional landscaping designs. Over the years, it has won multiple horticultural awards, solidifying its place as a premium choice for ornamental kale.
Uses: Flowering kale from the Kamome Series Mix is highly versatile, offering both visual appeal and functional utility. Primarily, it is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, borders, and mixed containers where it provides a pop of color in colder seasons when other plants may fade. The robust rosette of lacy, fringed leaves can serve as a unique backdrop for other plants or act as a focal point on its own. Additionally, its leaves are edible, although tougher and more bitter than culinary varieties of kale. The fringed foliage can also add a unique touch to floral arrangements, making it useful for both gardeners and florists.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Growing the Kamome Series Mix of Flowering Kale is relatively straightforward but does require attention to detail. Start by sowing the seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost in your region. The seeds should be sown in well-drained, fertile soil with a pH range of 6.0-7.0. After germination, which usually takes 5-10 days, transplant the seedlings outdoors when they are at least 2-4 inches tall and have a minimum of two leaves. Position them about 12-18 inches apart in an area with full sun to partial shade. Watering should be consistent but moderate, and you can fertilize with a balanced fertilizer to promote robust growth. The color of the foliage becomes more vivid as temperatures decline, making it a perfect plant for adding color to your garden in the fall and winter.