Vates Collard Greens Seed
Vates Collard Greens seed are open pollinated heirlooms. (60 days) Because of their cold hardiness, collards were a miracle crop that sustained many southern folks through the winters during the Great Depression. Any search for a Dr. Vates who bred the famous collard and kale varieties of this name would be to no avail. Vates is the acronym for Virginia Truck Experiment Station, a hotbed of collard research from 1907-1967. Introduced in the 1930s, this was probably the best-known of all the many developed there. Large upright 1½–2' plants give generous harvests of dark green thick crumpled leaves with a mild cabbage-like flavor. Will overwinter in high tunnels in our climate. Cold-hardy through at least part of the Maine winter.