Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Reflex'
curly kale 'Reflex'
A hardy annual vegetable variety grown for its more intensely curled, succulent and nutritious, dark green leaves which stand well without yellowing. It is extremely Winter hardy and can be picked over a long period as baby leaf or mature leaves from October to February
Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height1 year
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
Brassicas can be annual, biennial or perennial plants, most are upright with alternate, often glaucous leaves, long taproots and clusters of cross-shaped, yellow or white flowers. The genus includes a number of species bred to produce food crops, such as cabbages, turnips, mustards and oilseed rape, as well as others grown for their ornamental value
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in fertile, moist but well drained soil in full sun. Sow indoors in mid-Spring and prick out to modules or individual pots, transplant out in early Summer between May-July in rows 60cm apart. Keep well watered and cover with netting to protect from birds and insects. See vegetable cultivation
Propagate by seed. See sowing vegetable seeds
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Patio and container plants
No pruning required
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