Variegated Collard - Sustainably Grown


Variegated Collard - Sustainably Grown

(61 days) Open-pollinated. Appearances can be deceiving. The variegation doesn’t appear until frost. In the initial look at Donna Dyrek’s trials one August its waxy leaves had a sickly yellow-green hue. After the nights got nippy, the plants transformed, developing beautiful white ribs for a dazzling display of contrasting color. Not just eye candy, they’re also sweet and tender eating. When fall comes around Dyrek throws the other collards to the animals and heads for Variegated. Florida family heirloom dating back to around 1910 was introduced 1999 by our friends at Southern Exposure. Still shows some variation.

3444 Variegated - Sustainably Grown
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Brassica oleracea (acephala group)

To avoid flea beetles, plant in July for September maturity. Collards are excellent microgreen crops.


Days to maturity are from direct seeding. Subtract 20 days from date of transplanting.

Note: We cannot ship packets greater than ½ oz. (14 grams) of any Brassica into the Willamette Valley. The State of Oregon prohibits shipping any commercial quantity of untreated Brassica, Raphanus or Sinapis because of a quarantine to control Blackleg.

Culture: Hardy. Require warm temperatures to germinate (68-86° ideal) but need 60s during seedling stage for optimal growth; higher temperatures make seedlings leggy. Heavy feeders; for best growth, need regular moisture and 2–3' spacing. Have done well for us succeeding onions and garlic in beds. Cauliflower and broccoli are damaged by hard frosts, especially in spring.

Young broccoli sproutlings make good microgreens.


  • BR: Black Rot
  • BS: Bacterial Speck
  • DM: Downy Mildew
  • FY: Fusarium Yellows
  • TB: Tipburn
  • WR: White Rust

Pests & diseases: Major pests: Cabbage Looper, Diamondback Moth, Imported Cabbageworm
Cultural controls: control cabbage-family weeds near crop fields, till under crop debris of early-season brassicas after harvest.
Materials: Spinosad, Bt.

Pest: Flea Beetle
Cultural controls: floating row covers, mulch with straw, time plantings for fall harvested crops only, crop rotation, perimeter trap cropping.
Materials: Spinosad, PyGanic.

Pest: Cabbage Root Maggot
Cultural controls: time planting to avoid first hatching, use row covers, control weeds.

Major diseases: Black Rot, Alternaria Leaf Spot, Blackleg, Club Root, Downy Milldew, White Mold
Cultural controls: avoid transplanting plants with yellow leaves or v-shaped lesions, crop rotation, destroy crop debris after harvest, avoid overhead irrigation, control weeds, allow for good air movement.
Materials: Actinovate, copper compounds may help for some of these diseases.