We saved the seeds from our 6 foot tall Merritt Tree Collard plants in Summer of 2019. They germinated at over 95%. They come in packages of approximately 30 seeds (usually more). They can be shipped in both the US and internationally. In the US shipping is free.
Merritt Tree Collards are a perennial brassica plant hardy to 25°, possibly lower. We propagated it from a cutting at Merritt College in Oakland, thus the name. The original plant probably self seeded in the garden from the numerous brassica species that all bloom at the same time. The plants in our nursery beds are now four years old and have produced seeds several times. After flowering and setting seed in the spring, they return to vigorous vegetative growth. The leaves on our plants often measure over 2 ft long and weigh up to 1/2 a pound.
Like other collard greens, Merritt Tree Collards are very nutritious. They are high in Vitamins B1, B2, B9, C, and beta-Carotene. They are also a great source of fiber. The greens are delicious.
These seeds will not be true to type due to cross pollination with other brassicas on the farm, but they will likely produce vigorous leafy brassica plants that may be of interest to plant breeding enthusiasts. The seed at the same time as the Dino Tree Collards so they may produce some interesting crosses.
We also sell rooted cuttings from our Merritt Tree Collards, as well as cuttings. If you want an exact clone of the original Merritt Collards, we recommend you purchase a rooted plant or cuttings. Our mother plants grow a large central trunk up to 6 inches in diameter with limited side shoots for propagation.