How long do Kale Last?
When you manage your Sukuma wiki well, it can give you HANDSOME returns for 9 months or more.
But this does not happen by chance.
It is through…
- A proper understanding of Sukuma wiki growth characteristics,
- and a strong desire to succeed!
Have those three characteristics, and you’ll be in the league of winners…
While other farmers find themselves incapable of having kale that lasts beyond 4 months.
So what makes the difference?
Why do other farmers succeed beyond their wildest dreams, while others fail terribly?
That’s why I am here today.
I want to tell you what you can do so that you can Harvest TONS of kale for a long time even if you’ve never done it before.
What I share here is not hot air.
Its personal experience gained by growing Kale for over 10 years.
While what I share here may look like small things.
However, they matter so much.
Actually, they are what makes the difference between profitable kale farmers and loss making farmers.
Ready to know what it takes to have long life Sukuma wiki?
Give your Kale Time to Mature Before the First Harvest
This is SUPER important for many kale farmers blunder here.
They are so anxious to make money from their Sukuma wiki, so they harvest the kale when it is not mature enough.
One thing they fail to understand is kale goes through a life cycle.
It goes through the:
- Juvenile stage,
- Early maturity stage,
- Mature stage,
- Finally, the old stage (a period known as senescence, when productivity declines instead of increasing)
So when you harvest your kale when it is too young, you stress the plants.
You are simply subjecting it to a lot of stress it can’t bear.
Consequently, becomes stunted.
What you will thus get are poor harvests.
I can compare the situation to a girl who starts giving birth when she is 9 years.
You and I know what will happen to her.
She will end up being a weakling because she isn’t mature enough to bear the rigors of motherhood.
The same case applies to Kale.
How Do You Know When Kale Is Ready to Harvest?
Just look at your ring finger.
The plants stem should be as thick as your ring finger or even thicker.
If the stem of the kale is not as thick as your ring finger, it is probably too soon to harvest.
Allowing the stem to thicken allows it to accumulate enough food resources to feed the leaves.
The stem near the base should have turned brown, indicating that it has become woody.
When the stem near the plant level turns from being fleshy green to woody, that’s a clear indication that the plants are now mature for harvest.
Never Injure Your Kale Plants
“How do Kale plants get injuries?” You may ask.
Injuries come about during harvesting, and during weeding.
During harvesting, the leaf is plucked in a way that a wound is created on the stem.
This wound becomes a source of infection by black rot fungus.
The proper way to harvest is, “to leave a small piece of the leaf’s stalk on the stem.”
After some time, the leaf will fall by itself.
Also during weeding, the plant roots get injuries when the hoe bruises them.
These bruises become entry points for disease.
When you avoid all these, you give your kale plants an opportunity to live for a much longer life!
Protect Your Plant from Deadly Diseases Like Powdery Mildew, Damping Off, and Black rot.
You do this by providing the proper growth environment for kale.
Grow kale in a farm that is free from waterlogging, soil infections, and other conditions that may compromise the growth of Kale.
Water your Sukuma Wiki Regularly.
Kale needs a lot of moisture to be highly productive.
Therefore, if you deny the plant water for extended periods of time and they get to permanent wilting point, you’ll end up losing a lot of plants.
Give your Plants Sufficient Organic Matter
Doing this will help improve your soil drainage condition and soil fertility.
All these two are important in helping improve the productivity of kale.