Ole Timey Blue Collards
Donated to Seed Savers Exchange 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
- Plants grow to 2 feet tall
- Blue-green leaves with purple stems & veins
- Very good eating qualities
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Plant out just before the last frost. Can also be direct seeded outdoors 3 months before fall frost. Collards are most tender and delicious after a frost. Harvest may continue even after snow.
- Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 3-10 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 24” Apart
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
This variety grows very well in Charlotte NC. Extremely resilient to gardening obstacles, set it and forget it. It even started to re-grow from an uprooted stalk after I tilled over the garden. Die hard with a vengeance!
Ole Timey Blue Collards, Delicious!
Wichita, Kansas Z6 Tasty and productive. This is far and away the most hardy and resilient variety of collards I have ever grown. It survives drought, heat, wet weather and with protection from the drying wind in our area survives the winter. This variety is easily cloned (rooting new plants from stem cuttings of the mother plant). It did well indoors in potting mix, outdoors in the garden, in hydroponics and in aquaponics. It even survives a good amount of cabbage worm pressure coming out on the other side of the season to produce well once again. Insect netting would likely eliminate this pest pressure. Soil, grew well in unimproved hardpacked clay and in improved garden beds equally as well.
My favorite collard. It holds up well to both heat and cold in eastern Nebraska. Will tolerate severe winter cold. This year I was picking usable leaves into mid January, after subzero temperatures. Nice color, too.
I am so glad to find these seed. This was my Mamows staple collard in Alabama. She would plant them every year and save the seedlings for her next planting. People would come to her to get seedlings to have a crop of her own. After her passing in 2007 I was never able to find anyone who had seeds or seedlings. I am so happy to finally find these seeds to share the best collard greens ever.
sticking to the Georgia Southern variety
I tried starting several dozen of these in my green house in Central FL and the plants stayed around the 3-4 inch phase for quite some time once I transplanted them into the garden. Of all the plants I started, I have 4 adult plants that are finally growing and looking better. They definitely went through an "ugly" phase where I pulled a bunch of them out cause they were unthrifty. Smaller leaves then the Georgia Southern variety. Haven't harvested any yet to comment on eating quality. This fall I will not be purchasing this variety again.
by sylvia Thompson
I live in zone 9a. germinating was good. You have to cook these longer, they are tougher than regular greens. Not my best pick! as to taste they are ok...
I grew this this year and they were excellent. Hardy, big and beautiful. They had great flavor and after a couple of frosts they tasted even better. I’m growing them again this year.
Beautiful and delicious!
Grew these in the summer 2023. First year growing collards in northern Illinois. Very tasty and tender - even the very large leaves. Easy to grow. Started inside and planted in the garden in May. Will definitely grow these again!!