Morris Heading Collard is an open-pollinated, heirloom collard variety that produces tender, blue-green leaves on loose heads. Also known as “cabbage collards,” this variety works well as a single-cut collard variety. Leaves can also be cropped for continual production throughout the growing season.
Morris Heading Collard is heat-tolerant and slow to bolt in the spring and early summer when temperatures warm. It is also very cold tolerant and will grow throughout the winter in most zones. This variety can be prepared many different ways, including boiled, steamed or stir-fried.
Morris Heading Collard may be direct-seeded or transplanted, depending on the desired harvest. Direct seed if smaller heads and single-cut harvests are desired. Using a walk-behind planter, densely plant rows of collards and cut before plants reach full size.
If larger, full-size leaves are desired, we suggest transplanting. Transplanting allows for more consistent plant spacing and prevents seedlings from competing with weeds in the early stages of the plant. Collard transplants grow very well in our 162 Cell Seed Starting Trays. The transplants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the trays by lightly tugging on the stem.
We recommend starting transplants 3-4 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Collard transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray.
Morris Heading Collard Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed or transplant
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 12″
Row Spacing: 2-3′
Days to Maturity: 85
Disease Resistance: None