Grow Colorful and Edible Ornamental Flowering Kale 

Choose bright-colored ornamental kale with foliage. Choose purple, pink, white, or green frilly or serrated leaves. 'Redbor', 'Peacock White', and 'Nagoya Rose' are popular.  

Choose Varieties 

Ornamental kale grows in fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0–7.5. Add compost or aged manure for fertility and drainage. Prepare crumbly soil before planting.  

Prepare Soil 

Ornamental kale, a cool-season crop, should be planted in early spring for late spring to early summer displays or late summer for fall and winter shows Winter colour comes from fall-planted ornamental kale in warmer climes.  

Planting Time 

Plant colourful kale seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before frost or buy transplants from nurseries or garden stores. Sow seeds thickly in seed starting mix in trays or pots and moisten until germination.  

Seed Starting or Transplants 

When seedlings have leaves, plant them in the garden or pots. Space plants 12-18 inches apart for airflow and growth.  


Ornamental kale likes sun to moderate shade. Give plants 6 hours of sunlight daily. Hydrate soil periodically, especially in dry months. Avoid damp soil to prevent root rot.  

Sunlight and Watering 

Fertilise ornamental kale plants every 4-6 weeks using a balanced, slow-release or nitrogen-rich fertiliser for healthy growth and bright foliage.  


Aphids, cabbage loopers, and cabbage worms damage ornamental kale. Use insecticide soap or neem oil. Most diseases don't damage ornamental kale, but good garden hygiene helps.  

Pest and Disease Management 

While decorative kale is grown for its foliage, young leaves are utilised in salads and cooking. Start at the bottom and harvest leaves as needed.  


Relax and enjoy ornamental kale's vibrant foliage year-round. Combine it with pansies, violas, and decorative cabbage for a colourful garden.  

Enjoy the Display 

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