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Growing Kale Indoors Under Lights


Date Posted: March 24, 2016

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener Growing Kale Indoors Under Lights
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TIME TO MOVE THE KALE TO A BIGGER POT

Kale has been noted by many nutritionists to be a super food. A single cup of fresh kale is rich in vitamins A & C as well as other vitamins and minerals. So it would make perfect sense to grow this healthy superfood right at home.

Every year I grow 2 to 4 varieties of kale with Lacinato being the staple kale crop every year. This year I am growing Premier. It is a new kale variety for me, so I am looking forward to giving it a go. As with all of my other plants, I started my Premier kale indoors under my grow light setup. They have grown in size to the point where it is time to move my kale from their seed starting trays to bigger pots.

This blog post takes you from the point after the seeds have been planted, already germinated and now are small kale plants. I have a number of posts on the blog that explain how to plant seeds.

Growing Kale Indoors Under Lights
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REMOVING THE KALE FROM THE SEED TRAY

I found that when the plants are about 3 inches tall, their root system definitely needs some more room. While some say to move it sooner and others later, my rule of thumb is 3 inches. I use basic seed starting trays. It makes it easier to move plants around as they get bigger. As you notice in the photo above, I have many things growing in the tray and can easily remove sections, in this case the kale.

I am going to go into detail about removing each individual kale plant in a moment. I just wanted to show you how I make it easier on myself to use these basic seed starting trays.

Growing Kale Indoors Under Lights
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SETTING UP THE LARGER POTS FOR THE KALE

For my larger pots I like to use cowpots. They are inexpensive and biodegradable. Made from cow manure, when it comes time to move my kale outdoors I can plant the entire pot in the ground.

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In this specific example, as you can see in the picture above, I am using the six cell cow pot planter. I fill each cell halfway with potting soil first. I want to make sure there is fresh potting soil in each cell before I move on to the next step.

Growing Kale Indoors Under Lights
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TIME TO MOVE EACH KALE PLANT

Moving each kale plant is fairly easy. In my case, I am only moving six, so it is a quick process. I use jumbo craft sticks to help with the moving. These craft sticks actually serve 2 purposes here. First, I use them to move the kale plant as shown in the picture above, then, as you will see below, I write on them to mark my kale plants.

Growing Kale Indoors Under Lights
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DON’T FORGET TO MARK THE GARDEN JOURNAL

I keep a garden journal. I just know I would forget what I planted and where I planted it. I make records of all of the seeds that I start and which trays they are in. When I move plants around while they are still indoors I have to make note of it. In this example I am moving kale from one tray to another, so I have to make note of that to keep track of things. I also use my journal to match up what I am moving so I can write the correct name of the plant on the jumbo craft stick that I am going to use.

Growing Kale Indoors Under Lights
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CREATE A MARKER FOR THE KALE PLANTS

Finally, write the name of your kale on something to note what is growing in those pots. While mystery gardens are fun, knowing what you are growing is so much better (in my opinion anyway).

Be sure to watch the video above to see from beginning to end how I do it and how easy it is.

Happy gardening!


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Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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