How far apart should collards be planted?

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The best collard greens growing environment is one with moist, fertile soil. The area chosen for collard greens planting should be in full sun. Plant seeds in rows at least 3 feet apart, as growing collard greens get large and need room to grow. Thin seedlings to 18 inches apart for adequate room in the rows.

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Then, how long does it take to grow collard greens?

60 to 85 days

Furthermore, how do you grow big collard greens? Plant strong, healthy collard seedlings in the prepared bed in late summer or early fall, so they grow large before the temperatures cool in winter. Plant the collard seedlings at the same depth they were growing at in their pots and space them 12 inches apart in the row so they don't become crowded.

Considering this, what time of year do you plant collards?

Set out spring plants 3 to 4 weeks before the last frost; in late summer, plant 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost for fall and winter harvests. Like all vegetables, collards like full sun, but they will tolerate partial shade as long as they get the equivalent of 4 to 5 hours of sun to bring out their full flavor.

How many collard seeds are in a hole?

2-3 seeds

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Are collards easy to grow?

Although they are a member of the cabbage family, collards do not form heads. They are grown for their leaves. Collards tolerate more heat and cold than most other vegetables grown in Texas. They are easy to grow, productive, and well suited to either large or small gardens.

What month do you plant collards?

Collard greens are a cool season vegetable and are often planted in late summer to early autumn for winter harvest in the south. In more northern areas, collards may be planted a little earlier for fall or winter harvest.

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.

Can you eat collards after they flower?

The more a collard green plant develops its flower stalk, the less edible the greens will be, so it's beneficial to harvest as quick as possible to retain as much flavor and nutrition as possible.

Do collard greens come back every year?


One of our readers pointed out that collard greens are not perennial, although we included them in a list of vegetables that will regrow from year to year. However, in certain areas, they act like perennials.

Can you eat collard green seed pods?

Like lettuce, collards thrive in cool weather and will bolt, or produce seeds, when temperatures heat up. Discontinue watering the collard plants and allow the pods to turn brown and dry out. Don't harvest them too early because green pods don't produce viable seed, even if they are set out to dry after harvesting.

Can you freeze collard greens?

Yes, to freeze: (1) Wash greens thoroughly and cut off woody stems; (2) Blanch (plunge into boiling water) for three minutes and chill quickly in ice cold water; (3) Drain off excess moisture, package in airtight containers or freezer bags and freeze immediately.

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.

Is it too late to plant turnip greens?

Turnip greens are easy to grow in any well-drained soil. Set out turnip green plants 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost in spring and from late August to October for a fall crop in most areas. In zones 9 and 10 they can be planted throughout fall and winter.

How do you eat collard greens?


10 Delicious Ways to Eat Collard Greens
  1. Rolled up in a Wrap. This is where the sturdiness of these leaves pays off big time.
  2. Mixed into a Meaty Braise.
  3. Stirred into Soup.
  4. Cooked into a Stir-Fry.
  5. Shredded into a Casserole.
  6. Puréed into Pesto.
  7. Added to Chili.
  8. In Salads and Slaws.

Can you eat yellow collard greens?

When you're buying a bunch of collards, go for a deep green bunch with no big tears or brown spots. If the leaves are turning yellow, that means they're a little older. If they start to turn a lighter green or yellow, they'll be more bitter than when you first bought them.

Are collard greens good for you?

Collard greens contain lots of antioxidants and cholesterol-reducing properties. Kleiner adds that they're extremely low in calories (35 calories in half a cup of cooked greens) and are rich in folate, calcium, dietary fiber, and vitamins E, A, K, and C.

How big do collards grow?

Collards Harvest Tips
Harvest whole collard plants when they are 6 to 8 inches tall.

What can I plant with collard greens?

Garlic, onions, thyme, rosemary, mint and sage deter cabbage loopers and the cabbage worm. Bok choy, Chinese cabbage or radishes can be used as trap crops for flea beetles but only if you want to sacrifice them to save the collards. Sowing nasturtiums nearby repels beetles and other bugs interested in a collard snack.

How do collards grow?


Tree collards thrive on the coast and require more care in hotter micro-climates and inland locations. In hotter locales, plant them in part-shade, and give them plenty of water. They can be grown as a perennial in Zones 7-10. Treated well, they will grow more than 6 feet tall and live for 3 to 5 years.

Where are collards grown?

The name "collard" comes from the word "colewort" (the wild cabbage plant). The plants are grown for their large, dark-colored, edible leaves and as a garden ornamental, mainly in Brazil, Portugal, the southern United States, many parts of Africa, the Balkans, Italy, northern Spain, and Kashmir.

How often should you water a new tree?

Newly planted trees or shrubs require more frequent watering than established trees and shrubs. They should be watered at planting time and at these intervals: 1-2 weeks after planting, water daily. 3-12 weeks after planting, water every 2 to 3 days.