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74 days. Collards are a gift from winter’s garden and Top Chop is a leader in the field. With big, broad leaves from bolt-resistant, clean, upright plants, you’ll be picking greens over a wide-open harvest window. Top Chop re-grows fast and produces lots of uniform leaves for fresh salads, carb-free wraps, soups and all your dishes calling for hearty greens.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Tom C.
The Best

I grew collards for the first time this year, starting indoors in March 2023 and planting outside in April. It's now Thanksgiving and they are still going strong. I live in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley (zone 8) and garden in oak wine barrel planters. I chose Top Chop for hardiness and ease of harvest. It has simply been one of the best vegetables I've grown in 45+ years. Did best in the very hot dry summer of 2023 when I moved them to partial shade.

Matt M.
Bountiful and repeated, tender harvests

My most successful collards have been from Top Chop. Planted out a few of these in Spring (zone 10b) and harvested lots of meals. I removed ended up removing them in favor of other crops, but I left one plant behind. That plant is so well established now (Summer) I am harvesting ~7-8 HUGE leaves (probably equivalent to two store bought bunches) every single week.

The leaves are wonderfully tender for soups, and last night I made braised collards with onion, bacon, and smoked chicken wings as a BBQ side. I've had almost no issues with pests or disease - but keep an eye out for cabbage moths / caterpillars. Top Chop has been my favorite collard green BY FAR.

Soil Temp for Germ 55–75°F
Seed Depth ¼"
Seed Spacing 1–3"
Days to Emergence 5–17
Thin Plants to 12–24"
Row Spacing 18–36"
Fertilizer Needs Medium
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 250
Seed Life 3 years

Brassica oleracea, Acephala Group Collards are among the best vegetable sources of vitamin K. This nutrient is said to limit neuronal damage in the brain, aiding in the prevention, or delaying onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

• Collards are a cool-season crop that performs best in spring and fall
• In wet climates, ensure adequate plant spacing to reduce pest and disease issues

Direct Sowing
• Cover seed with loose soil, vermiculite, or sifted compost and water evenly
• Sow June—July for a fall crop

• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Work in 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer around each plant
• Start May—July for transplanting June—August for a fall crop

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: See Brassica Insect Information below
• Common diseases: Leaf spot, black rot, fungal diseases, mold, mildew, club root
• Disease prevention: Dispose of diseased material, proper crop rotation of 3-4 years, apply Zonix for mildews

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest leaves from the bottom up at any size
• Cool weather and frost brings out best flavor
• Store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity

Brassica Insect Information
Aphids: Control aphids with ladybugs or a hard spray of water or Pyrethrin. Also, select varieties that mature later in the season when aphid populations decline.
Cabbage worms, loopers, and root maggots: The first sign of cabbage worms will be off-white butterflies fluttering near the plants. They lay their yellowish-colored eggs on the undersides of leaves, which hatch into caterpillars that can cause severe root and head damage. To control light infestations, spray plants with Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.). For heavy infestations, bait cabbage worms by mixing wheat bran into a B.t. solution. Add 1 tablespoon of molasses. Broadcast the bran mixture around the base of plants. Reapply as necessary. Using Reemay or Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Flea beetles: Flea beetles chew tiny pinholes in leaves. Early control is essential to minimize the damage. Spray infected plants with Pyrethrin. Using floating row covers such as Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Symphylans: In some areas of the US, symphylans (also known as garden centipede) can severely impede the plant growth of many crops. Only 1/4 inch long, white, and very active, they eat the root hairs of developing plants. Using larger transplants helps reduce damage. Contact your local county extension agent if you suspect you have a problem.

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