Snub Daubenton’s

It is with great embarassment that I report my own precious Daubenton’s kale in the US is dead.

It didn’t live a whole three days. Day two of life in the greenhouse, in a comfy new pot, proved to be too stressful apparently, as its tiny leaves, accept for the tender growing tip, shriveled up to a crisp. Even that died quickly after I brought it into part shade.

Obviously, I was at fault to have taken a new plant, fresh from shipping, and stick it in to a greenhouse in full sun. That is a fact. But at the same time any other plant should have been able to revive once in a less stressful environment, as the new leaves just emerging were not harmed. Obviously the plant is not very hardy.

I wonder how it would have faired through cold with resilience like that. I had already planned to keep it in the greenhouse because my area is too cold to keep it outside. But I question now if it could stand winter in even an unheated greenhouse in my area. (Update: Tried to take one through the winter in an unheated greenhouse. It died)

The pampered thing.

My Mother, hearing how popular the plant is, searched for it herself and landed one from a friend, who had gotten it from a friend. This one is even grafted. Hers she has just kept transplanting into bigger and bigger pots, kept it in a very gentle morning light. But if she has something I don’t, it’s enough for her.

[Note: It died. It froze actually. Even protected zone 5 temps aren’t enough to keep it happy. My neighbor, who has a very protected yard, that is easily a zone higher than us (although in mild winters she has succesfully overwintered plants hardy to zone 8) also lost a Kosmic kale. If you get it, don’t expect anything rugged.]

Snub it and move on to more promising genetics. Why shouldn’t I when I’ve discovered I have, after a particularly cold winter, resprouting luxuriously in the same greenhouse the Kosmic kale died in, a perennial kale?

Sutherland, a variety of kale grown from seed, often can regrow perennial if you hit on the right genetics. After growing through a very harsh winter (in an unheated greenhouse, so there was wind protection, but little protection from ambient temperature, which went well into the -20 degrees farenheit) then leafing out luxuriously all through the spring and summer with 100 + temps any day the sun was out, the smallest flowering that produced no seeds, I have no doubt it is indeed perennial.


So my road to the Holy grail so far has been bumpy, but I’m not out of the game yet.

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