Ole Timey Blue Collards


  • Organic
  • Plants grow to 2 feet tall
  • Blue-green leaves with purple stems & veins
  • Very good eating qualities
  • 150 Seeds/0.5g

Item Details

Donated to SSE in 1989 by Ralph Blackwell of Alabama. Ralph’s family grew this variety for over a hundred years and his mother used it to make a dish similar to sauerkraut. Plants grow to 2′ tall with blue-green leaves and purple stems/veins. Very good eating qualities. 60-80 days.

History of the Plant

This variety was donated to Seed Savers Exchange in 1989 by Ralph Blackwell of Jasper, Alabama. Ralph was raised on a farm in the Sand Hills of Fayette County, 

Learn to Grow Ole Timey Blue Collards

Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost

Germination: 3-10 Days

Plant Outdoors: 24” Apart

Light: Full Sun

HVO Seeds Package

HVO packages our seeds in custom-made foil packets to keep moisture out and extend the seed life. Some of our Foil Packets have a zip-lock seal to maintain freshness. We also insert a silica gel anti-moisture packet in each foil packet.

Growing Media



 Sow seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Seeds need soil temperatures between 50-75 degrees F to germinate.  Sow 3 seeds every 18 inches, with rows 2 ft. apart. 



Collards need regular water and a good compost or fertilizer at least once a month. i feed mine fish emulsion once a month.



To harvest avoid the oldest leaves. Harvest by cutting upper leaves (if you wish to keep an on going crop), otherwise harvest the entire plant. 




Requires moderate levels of water: approximately 1″ per week. Keep soil evenly moist but not soggy. This is particularly important in the early stages of growth as overwatering the seeds can cause damage and decrease your germination rates.



Collards tolerate cold weather so they can be started extra early. Start collard seeds indoors 3/1 at 72-85° (can use a heating mat)



Harvest individual leaves off of mature plants once they are 2 months old. Don’t remove more than 1/3 of the leaves at a time.



Collards are somewhat difficult to save seed from. Collard plants must overwinter in order to bloom and produce seed. Sometimes they will survive the winter with protection



Collards can be planted in early spring for early summer harvest, or in late/summer or early fall for a late fall harvest. Most varieties are ready to harvest in 55 to 75 days




Collard greens are a good choice for obtaining essential vitamins and minerals. They are a rich source of dietary fibers, iron, and vitamins A, B, C, and K. Vitamin K and the antioxidants found in collard greens provide anti-inflammatory properties and Vitamin C and E contain cancer fighting properties



 Collards contain a good amount of fiber which, along with Vitamins K and B, support digestion and help regulate the blood supply and blood sugar levels in the body.

Amazing Recipes of Blue Collards (Coming Soon)

Greenhouse to Your House

Here is a SUPER easy way to make some of the best southern collard greens you’ve ever had. 


This Southern Collard Greens recipe is a classic, easy side dish! Flavored with smoky bacon and sweet onion


How to make southern soul food collard greens with bacon.


If you like collard greens you will love this recipe. The bacon and onions give them a wonderful flavor. Add more red pepper for a little more spice.

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