Ornamental Cabbage and Kale gardening care guide and tips that will help gardeners to get healthy plants. Ornamental Cabbage and Kale produce showy leaves that have different colors including cream, purple, and rose. These plants are easy to grow even for beginners.
Ornamental Cabbage and Kale Gardening Care
Just like with all other plants and flowers, you need to provide your ornamental Cabbages and Kales with certain conditions for them to thrive. This post provides useful information to get the best plants for your garden and containers.
Ornamental Cabbage and Kale grow in organic-rich, well-drained soils. However, they can live in a wide range of soil types just like normal cabbages and kale.
The plants also prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH of between 5.5 to 6.5. Make sure the soil is well-dug and mixed with organic compost.
The best time to plant Ornamental Cabbage and Kale is during fall. The plants are planted from seeds or young plants.
If you decide to establish them from seeds, plant the seeds in pots and keep them indoors to give them a head start. When transplanting them in the ground, make sure that you position them at the same level they were growing in the pot.
Fill the sides with soil, firm the sides and water immediately. You should also add mulch to help conserve moisture around the plant.
Ornamental Cabbage and Kale Container Gardening
Planting Ornamental Cabbage and Kale in containers is a great option for people without gardens. The plants don’t grow very large and you don’t have to get large containers.
Also, ensure the pot has good drainage to avoid the plant from sitting in water. As noted above, ensure the soil is mixed with organic material to make it nutrient-rich.
Fertilizing Ornamental Cabbage and Kale is only necessary when planting them. These are some of the plants that you need to be careful; not to overfertilize. If you overfertilize, your plants can lose the beautiful color of the leaves. The plants can also become leggy.
The Ornamental Cabbage and Kale do well when grown in full sun. However, they will survive in a shaded location.
Temperatures play an important role in how your Ornamental Cabbage and Kale look. The color on the leaves intensifies when the plants experience frost. They can survive temperatures higher than 50 F.
Extreme cold or frost and can be damaged easily. Hot weather and too much exposure to the sun causes the plants to flower and seed.
They also thrive when planted in areas with different levels of humidity. However, you should ensure that they have good air circulation. If the leaves remain damp for too long the plant can be attacked by fungal diseases.
You must provide them with consistent moisture and do not let the soil dry out. However, don’t keep the soil soggy to avoid root rot.
In comparatively drier areas, Ornamental Cabbage and Kale need to be watered once or twice per week to appear at their best.
The most common diseases for Ornamental Cabbage and Kale fungal. The diseases can be identified as spots on the leaves.
They can be avoided by ensuring that the humidity levels are not too high. Also, ensure that the plants are well spaced and they get air circulation.
Avoid leaving water droplets on the leaves for extended periods. Water at the base and avoid misting. You can also water in the morning to ensure that any water that is left on the leaves dries by evening.
There are many varieties of Ornamental Cabbage and Kale to choose from. Ornamental Cabbage varieties include Color Up and Osaka while Ornamental Kale varieties include Chidori Flowering Kale and Peacock.
Whichever you choose, you will get beautiful plants if you give them the proper care. Please share this post on Ornamental Cabbage and Kale growing and care. If you would like to get more posts on flower gardening, don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest.