Improvement status: Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~80
Germination tested 12/2019: 77% (Below standard)
Life cycle: Biennial
A standard open-pollinated collard with big blue/green leaves that are broad and delicious. Farmers consider it just as good as any hybrid on the market. It was selected from the still-popular variety 'Vates' by Dr. Edward Borchers of the Virginia Truck Experiment Station ("truck farming" refers to small market farming, and the roots of the expression are actually in the French word "troquer," which means "to barter"), and released in 1979. 'Vates' is actually an acronym for the Virginia Truck Experiment Station, where it was also developed for release in the 1940s. If you're looking for a reliable, tasty, productive collard green, look no further. Our seed was grown by Clint Freund and Kass McKinnon of Cultivating the Commons in Madison, Wisconsin.
GROWING TIPS: Start plants indoors and transplant to garden or direct seed outside in the spring. Could also do this later in the summer for fall harvest. Plants should be 16-20 inches apart for good leaf size.