Champion Collard is an open-pollinated collard variety that was developed at the Virginia Ag Experimental Station in 1979. This is an improved version of the popular Vates collard variety. Once a hybrid, Champion has been stabilized through years of breeding and is now considered open-pollinated.
As the name suggests, Champion Collard is a champion of the heat and cold. It is slow to bolt in spring and early summer as temperatures warm, and it is also extremely cold-hardy. In southern states, it can be grown throughout the entire winter with no issues.
Champion 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.
Champion Collard Planting Information
direct seed or transplant
When to Plant:
early spring and fall
Days to Maturity: