Georgia Southern Collard is an heirloom collard variety that dates back to the 1880s. Don't let the name fool you. This variety is widely-adapted and performs well in the southern and northern states. It is slow to bolt as temperatures warm in spring and summer, but can also handle a harsh winter.
Georgia Southern Collard produces dark green leaves with a bluish tint. The leaves have more of a cabbage flavor compared to other collard varieties. The flavor of this variety will improve when the leaves experience freezing temperatures. Although most collards are really cold-tolerant, this variety has been shown to exhibit exceptional cold-tolerance.
Georgia Southern 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.
Georgia Southern Collard Planting Information
direct seed or transplant
When to Plant:
early spring and fall
Days to Maturity: