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Facts About Tree Collards

Tree collards, also known as tree kale or walking stick kale, are a perennial vegetable that can grow up to 10 feet tall. They are a member of the Brassica oleracea family, which also includes kale, broccoli, and cauliflower. Tree collards are known for their long, tender leaves that are high in vitamin A, C, and K, as well as calcium and iron. They are easy to grow, matures in 60-90 days,

drought-tolerant, and can produce for several years with proper care. Tree collards are also a popular food in many African-American and Southern cooking traditions.

How to grow tree collards?

To grow tree collards, plant them in a sunny spot with well-draining soil. Water regularly, especially during dry periods, and fertilize every few months with a balanced fertilizer. Prune the lower leaves as the plant grows taller, and harvest the leaves regularly to encourage new growth. Tree collards are a perennial plant, so with proper care, they can provide a continuous harvest for years.

Should I fertilize my tree collards?

Yes, fertilizing your tree collards can help promote healthy growth and higher yields. It is recommended to use a balanced fertilizer with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. You can apply the fertilizer around the base of the plant, being careful not to get it on the leaves or stems. It is important to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package and not to over-fertilize, as this can harm the plant.

How many years will my tree collards live?

Tree collards are a perennial plant that can live for several years. With proper care, they can live up to 5-10 years, some have been known to live up to 15!

Optimal temperature and planting zone for growing tree collards.

Tree collards grow best in temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). They can tolerate temperatures as low as 15°F (-9°C) and as high as115°F (46°C) but may not live as long as they would in their optimal temperature. As a beginner or experienced gardener you can't go wrong adding this veggie to your garden.

Happy Growing!!

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