The Merritt Tree Collard seeds were collected in Summer of 2020. 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. See below for more international shipping information.
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. Recently a customer from Connecticut reported that their Merritt seedling plants survived this winter without any protection so they may be much hardier than we had thought possible.
The leaves on our plants often measure over 2 ft long and weigh up to 1/2 a pound. The greens are delicious. Like other collard greens, Merritt Tree Collards are very nutritious. They are high in Vitamins B1, B2, B9, C, and beta-Carotene and are a great source of fiber.
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. They seed at the same time as the Dino Tree Collards and Green Tree Collards so they may produce some interesting crosses.
We also sell rooted plants from our Merritt Tree Collards, as well as cuttings. If you want an exact clone of the original Merritt Tree 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.
Please send a message if you wish to have seeds shipped internationally and let us know your order. We will send you a Paypal Invoice. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee delivery for international orders. Please do your research beforehand to see if customs is likely to confiscate your items. We have successfully shipped to Australia, parts of Asia, parts of Africa, Europe, and Canada, in a regular letter envelope ($10).