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Homesteaders Perennial Kaleidoscopic Kale Grex NEW 2016

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Homesteaders Perennial Kaleidoscopic Kale Grex NEW2016
– Brassica oleracea - exclusive release
Perfect for the homesteader, gardeners of small spaces, and farmers alike! This is a grex (interbreeding mix) of Purple Tree Collards and Daubenton crossed to a variety of other kales, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Redbor kale, and other perennial kales collected around the Pacific Northwest. The blending of these varieties has resulted in a huge diversity of leaf shapes from long and thin to ruffled or flat, colors ranging from yellow green, red, dark purple, variegated white, and solid green. A variety of plant architectures from extremely tall tree cabbage or palm kale types to bushy plants with many branching stems. However, nearly all plants are perennial and with great flavor passing down nicely from the exceptional epicurean parent varieties of this mix. In taste tests, this kale collards mix has been consistently enjoyed and savored by several chefs, farmers market customers, and CSA share customers alike. The greatest part about all this is that you can easily keep in production and renew the best perennials indefinitely by taking cuttings of second year stems and burying them in rows in fall or late winter. I'll write more about this later.
The initial cross was part chance luck and forethought of my friend Graham from Wales. He was generous enough to send me some initial precious seed. Since then this genepool has undergone a selection for perenniality, bushing habit, winter hardiness, aphid resistance, and against various undesirable plant characteristics. Seed like this is simply unavailable anywhere else. I am releasing this unstable seed as a breeders mix for those wishing to select their own unique perennial kales. Furthermore, in the collaborative spirit of the small community working with perennial kales, this seed is being released under the OSSI license to protect this important genetic material from large multi-national seed conglomerates that might s
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Homesteaders Perennial Kaleidoscopic Kale Grex NEW2016

– Brassica oleracea - exclusive release

Perfect for the homesteader, gardeners of small spaces, and farmers alike! This is a grex (interbreeding mix) of Purple Tree Collards and Daubenton crossed to a variety of other kales, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Redbor kale, and other perennial kales collected around the Pacific Northwest. The blending of these varieties has resulted in a huge diversity of leaf shapes from long and thin to ruffled or flat, colors ranging from yellow green, red, dark purple, variegated white, and solid green. A variety of plant architectures from extremely tall tree cabbage or palm kale types to bushy plants with many branching stems. However, nearly all plants are perennial and with great flavor passing down nicely from the exceptional epicurean parent varieties of this mix. In taste tests, this kale collards mix has been consistently enjoyed and savored by several chefs, farmers market customers, and CSA share customers alike. The greatest part about all this is that you can easily keep in production and renew the best perennials indefinitely by taking cuttings of second year stems and burying them in rows in fall or late winter. I'll write more about this later. 

The initial cross was part chance luck and forethought of my friend Graham from Wales. He was generous enough to send me some initial precious seed. Since then this genepool has undergone a selection for perenniality, bushing habit, winter hardiness, aphid resistance, and against various undesirable plant characteristics. Seed like this is simply unavailable anywhere else. I am releasing this unstable seed as a breeders mix for those wishing to select their own unique perennial kales. Furthermore, in the collaborative spirit of the small community working with perennial kales, this seed is being released under the OSSI license to protect this important genetic material from large multi-national seed conglomerates that might seek to patent or otherwise control it. * 100 seeds per pack.

 

The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) pledge states “You have the freedom to use these OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict other's use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.” More information at osseeds.org 

In future years, possible segregating lines may be released that include a wine red Redbor looking perennial, a striking contrasting ornamental white variegated perennial for flowerbeds, a perennial spring flowering broccoli, and some other exciting things in the works. 

 Please stay in touch, I would love to see what develops from your work with this seed.

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