Top Bunch 2.0 Collard is the newest generation in the Top Bunch Collard line. This hybrid collard variety is early-maturing and will grow much faster than standard open-pollinated varieties. It has wavy, lightly savoyed leaves with a sweet flavor and crisp texture. This variety produces vigorous plants with fast regrowth. Harvest or “crop” bottom leaves while leaving 3-4 leaves at the top of the plant. New leaves will form quickly and provide repeat harvests throughout the growing season.
Top Bunch 2.0 Collard is heat-tolerant and will grow well into the spring and early summer months. They are also extremely cold-tolerant. Plant in fall and harvest collards continually throughout the winter and spring months. Stalks will continue to grow upward after each harvest. This is one of the most productive crops you can grow in a vegetable garden.
Top Bunch 2.0 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.
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.
Top Bunch 2.0 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: 50
Disease Tolerance: None