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Flower Sprout / Kalettes F1 Garden Mix

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Kalettes Garden Mix is an interesting combination of Brussels sprout and kale, producing attractive 'kale florets' on a tall sprout stalk. They can also be known as Flower Sprouts.

This packet is a mix of varieties that are extremely winter hardy and with a similar cropping calendar to sprouts, the harvest window stretches from October to early March from mid-March sowings.

The taste is milder and sweeter than a Brussels Sprout with a good texture. It is an ideal winter vegetable and can be cooked in a variety of ways, steamed, stir-fried or microwaved.

Garden Mix is a selection of 3 different F1 Flower Sprout varieties, including bi-colour, red and green colour forms. Quantities of each colour may vary.

Kalettes Garden Mix - Flower Sprout Sowing Guidelines
Average Contents: :  20 Seeds
When to Sow Seeds: March, April, May
Germination Temperature: 12C +
Cover Seed: Lightly
Time to Germinate: 4 - 6 Days
Frost Hardy: Yes
Spacing Between Plants: 45cm
Row Spacing 60cm
Plant Height: 70cm

Sowing and growing: Kalettes Seeds

Sow and growing of Kalettes is Almost identical to Brussel Sprouts. Thriving in cooler conditions, Kalettes are hardy plants well suited to growing across the UK.  Crops can be harvested from late autumn and through the winter.

Site and soil:

Ground in full sun to partial shade suits Kalettes plants the best , ideally with shelter from winter winds.  They need neutral to alkaline soil, firm enough to hold top heavy crops upright through winter. Reduce the risk of pests and disease by leaving four years before planting where other brassicas have grown. Kalettes need lots of nitrogen so growing in succession to a nitrogen fixing pea or bean crop will give them a good supply.

Prepare the soil in the previous autumn by digging in compost or well-rotted manure, covering with weed matting to prevent heavy winter rain leaching nutrients away. Kalettes don’t like acid soil so check the pH a few weeks before planting out. If pH is below 6.5, add lime, watering in to avoid loosening soil structure by further digging.

Growing: Sow seeds late March through to mid-April. The preference is to  sow singly in modules for transplanting, or in a well-prepared seedbed. Outdoors, sow in drills 2 - 3 cm deep and about 10 cm apart. Thin them to 6 – 7 cm once a few cm tall.

By mid-May to early June plants will be 6 – 10 cm tall and have developed several leaves, ready to be planted out in their final position. Kalettes grow up to 75cm high with a spread around 50 cm, so allow 60cm between plants, 75cm between rows.  Keep weed free taking care not to disturb the shallow roots, watering if soil dries out. A late summer nitrogen feed will boost the crop. In autumn mound soil round stems for stability in strong winter winds.

Harvesting:

Depending on the season, Kalettes will start budding at the bottom of stems from October onwards. Simply twist them off the stem to pick.

Problems and pests:

While easy to cultivate, sprouts need protecting from a range of pests. In particular, netting plants prevents them being eaten by something other than you.

Caterpillars of the Large White and Small White butterfly thrive on brassicas including Kalettes. If you spot them remove by hand. Fine netting prevents eggs being laid.
Birds like pigeons and magpies can quickly strip plants – another reason to keep them covered.
Cabbage root fly can be deterred by a brassica collar around each plant to stop female flies laying eggs at the base of the stem.
Club root is a fungal infection that distorts roots and stunts growth. Ensure alkali soil and crop rotation to reduce risk.

 

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Kalettes Garden Mix - Flower Sprout
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Petit Posy
Monday, 27 January 2014  |  Hannah

I grew this last year and will definitely grow it again. I didn't know what to expect because they sound a bit strange but it was very trouble free. I grew it in large patio pots with some water retaining gel and didn't worry about any netting to keep away butterflies. It formed tall bright purple stems like colourful sprout stalks with lovely heads of purple leaves that sat through the winter and are just right for eating now and will easily last another month. They are tender to eat and have a delicate kale flavour. Steam it, shred it and stir fry it like Chinese crispy seaweed or put it in soup! I'd recommend putting them in a mixed border if you are short of space as they look quite ornamental and will produce nice edible heads of foliage that are also attractive. Put a couple of stakes or canes per plant though as they get quite tall. Fuss free veg that looks nice in the winter. Thanks !


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A novelty worth trying
Monday, 20 January 2014  |  Duncan

Nice colour whilst growing, adding some red hues to the predominant green found elsewhere on the plot! A crop not needing a lot of care & attention, although it has been netted throughout to deter the pigeons. Now getting a nice regular crop. Florets cook very well and are eminently tastier than kale and somewhat sweeter & more delicate in flavour than brussels sprouts. Don't be put off by the reference to kale within the product description if kale is not your thing.

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