Tree Collards


Earlier this year I discovered the wonderful world of Tree Collards. Think about it, an edible plant that grows for years and you can take random cuttings to propagate. They grow up to eight feet tall [depending on the type] and make great edible privacy screens. Until my hoophouse gave way under all this unusual snow, I had high hopes of keeping them going, even in this climate. They could still be alive. Who knows? I have Schrodinger’s Tree Collards hidden under those layers of plastic and tarps.

I started with purple tree collards and ended up buying some Merritt, Jolly Green and Big Blue. I could not tell you what I actually have left as I cannot get into the hoophouse to see. It’s supposed to rain this week, so maybe some of the snow pack will melt and I’ll be able to find out. I’m not holding my breath. The Purple Collards taste delicious, even raw. They grow fast, picking the leaves actually promotes growth and the leaves are versatile from soups and salads to side dishes. A bonus is that chickens love them, so you have an abundant supply of fresh greens that is unending. Unless your hoophouse collapses, then all bets are off. Thank the gods for wheat to sprout for the chickens. More on that later. I’m hoping that they will still make it, and if not, I have seeds. All is not lost.

I source my cuttings, plants and seeds from Project Tree Collard in California. Sequoia grows and propagates them all organically and manually. Every plant I have received has been healthy and robust. Go on over for a visit and I highly recommend you get at least one plant. It’s a tree, that you can eat, and it’s perennial.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading. Cheers!

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