The Kale Conundrum: Time to Grow
Are you a fan of kale? With its nutritional value, it’s no surprise that many people have been incorporating it into their diet. But have you ever wondered how long it takes for this versatile vegetable to grow?
Firstly, the growth time of kale can be influenced by several factors such as temperature, sunlight exposure and soil conditions. Typically, kale thrives in cool weather with an optimal temperature range between 60-65°F (15-18°C).
Before we delve into the actual growth phase, let’s talk about seed germination. In order for your kale seeds to sprout successfully, they need consistent moisture and warm temperatures around 70°F (21°C). This process usually takes around 7-10 days depending on the variety.
Once your kale seeds have germinated, they will start growing stems and leaves rapidly making them visible above ground within two weeks. From there on out, their growth rate can vary from three weeks up to two months depending on whether or not you’re harvesting baby leaves or waiting until maturity.
When is the best time to harvest your matured kale plants? Ideally when they reach a height of about 8 inches (20cm) which usually happens around 55 -75 days after planting date.
In conclusion while there may not be a set amount of time required for growing Kale due to variations in environmental factors; one can expect at least seven days before any initial signs of life appear above ground and then another couple months before being able to enjoy fully matured plants topped off deliciously nutritious leafy greens!