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Sheila Taylor

I have grown kalettes for the first time and the crop, which were healthy and tasty are now finished and I have 4 good plants which are  going to seed- will they self seed for next winter or should I grow them again from seed-

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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,632
    Hello @Dordogne gardener l don't know much, if anything, about kalettes,  but looking at the sowing instructions and in the absence of any other replies, now seems to be the time of year to sow ?
    If the seeds on the existing plants look ripe, you could try sowing them, or harvesting them to try sowing later. Personally l would hedge my bets and try some of them but also sow fresh seeds so that you are certain of getting a crop .
    Hopefully a kalette expert will come along soon.  :)
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,450
    Never heard of that veg! All you want to know about kalettes at https://www.kalettes.co.uk/

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,864
    They are a hybrid, so seed saved is not likely to come true.  Invest in a new packet of seed. It will probably last  two or three years if you individually sow seeds  in modules.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,542
    I like kalettes.
    I tried them from waitrose a few years ago and wasn't particularly impressed.
    I grew Cavalo Nero a couple of years ago and harvested the leaves. Around March the plants start to produce flower buds (kalettes). Picked when they're young and lightly steamed they're not unlike sprouting broccoli. Then the plants get pulled.

    I would imagine that all kale produces kalettes
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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • thank you all for your help and advice- I'll buy some more seeds and sow them indoors and see what happens to the plant I leave in the veg patch-
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,433
    Pete.8 said:
    I like kalettes.
    I tried them from waitrose a few years ago and wasn't particularly impressed.
    I grew Cavalo Nero a couple of years ago and harvested the leaves. Around March the plants start to produce flower buds (kalettes). Picked when they're young and lightly steamed they're not unlike sprouting broccoli. Then the plants get pulled.

    I would imagine that all kale produces kalettes
    My understanding is that kalettes are a cross of Brussels sprouts and kale https://www.tozerseeds.com/uk/product-category/brassicas/kalettes

     :) 
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,542
    I've learned something new today already then :)

    I wasn't keen on the ones I bought and wrongly assumed they were the flower buds that kale produces in its 2nd year.
    I picked them from my kale and steamed them and they were very good.
    I done the same this year too, cut when they're about 2-3cm long and they were lovely.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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