We grow more of this delicious, sweet perennial green than any other! The Purple Leaf Tree Collard is truly one of the most versatile and delicious perennial foods on the planet. In our garden, it cranks out delicious greens year-round. In the summer they are a beautiful, rich green color and when the weather gets cold, the leaves turn a brilliant purple color and sweeten in taste. Why grow just one when you can so easily grow a Purple Leaf Tree Collard forest? :)
Why We Love It
Here are some of the reasons why we love the Purple Leaf Tree Collard...
1) SWEET - The purple color of the leaves is a sign of anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant that gives this perennial veggie its delicious, sweet taste.
2) PRODUCTIVE- It's hard to top the productivity of this amazing plant. We've literally planted a mini purple collard forest that we harvest from year-round. We eat more of this perennial veggie than any other.
3) PEST-RESISTANT - This plant is extremely pest-resistant and fuss-free. You can plant it with confidence and enjoy greens for decades to come.
How to Grow It
Here's how to grow Purple Leaf Tree Collards:
|MOISTURE||AVERAGE TO LOW WATER
|GROWING ZONES||USDA 7-10 (Not sure? Find your growing zone here)|
|SIZE||8 FEET TALL & 3 FEET WIDE IF STAKED, OTHERWISE WILL RAMBLE ALONG THE GROUND|
|PRO TIP||You can choose how you'd like to grow this generous green. You can either stake them up with a bamboo pole or a t-post, or you can allow them to ramble along the ground. They are also happy to be pruned, so you can keep them at whatever height works best for your garden.|
Here's an easy way to deal with pests on these plants:
How to Harvest & Use It
The biggest tip we can give you is to harvest them OFTEN! :) Harvest the largest, outer leaves. Only harvest about 1/3 of the total leaves a time. You can prune them back any time of the year. The bottom leaves of the plant will always be the darkest purple.