Kale Mars Landing
Kale Mars Landing
Kale Mars Landing

Kale Mars Landing - Renee's Garden

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Brassica oleracea var. sabellica

Mars Landing kale has a truly “out of this world” appearance! The tender leaves are a wonderful bronzy purple/maroon color with light green underneath and notched and scalloped edges. Besides its sensational appearance, this tender, mild and very tasty variety holds well in the garden without getting tough or stringy or losing quality. Enjoy nutrition-packed, richly colored Mars Landing kale for months in delicious salads, or steam, braise or add to soups and stews.
Seed Count: Approx. 360 / Weight: 1.25 g
 Plant In Sun/Shade Planting Depth Space Seeds Days to Germinate Days to Harvest
Feb.-May Aug.-Sept. Full Sun 1/2 in. Groups 10 - 12 in.
7 - 10 days Approx. 50


As soon as ground can be worked in spring, prepare a well-drained, fertile garden bed in full sun. Sow groups of 3 seeds each 10-12 in. apart and 1/2 in. deep, in rows 12-18 in. apart. Keep soil evenly moist. When seedlings are 3 in. tall, thin to just 1 seedling per group. Sow again in late summer for another cold-hardy crop. 


Sow seeds in a container of seed starting mix 2 inch. apart and cover 1/2 inch. deep. Keep moist and provide a strong light source until seedlings are 3 to 4 inch. tall then plant outdoors.


Space 10 to 12 inch. apart so plants have room to mature.


Kale tastes best in cool weather so sow spring crops early. If sown in late summer, kale will yield through fall and winter except in the coldest climates. Frost actually enhances kale leaves' colour, flavor and sweetness. Mulch to retain moisture in summer and before the ground freezes to protect the roots of fall crops.


Begin harvesting outer leaves when plants have 6 to 8 leaves. Vitamin-rich kale is delicious in hearty winter soups, stews and sautés; or braise the beautiful leaves with garlic and olive oil in traditional Mediterranean style. Pull and discard once the plants begin to bloom since the leaves of flowering stalks get tough and bitter.

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