Three Merritt Tree Collard Cuttings


Three sturdy cuttings from my 6 foot tall Merritt Collard plants. Great for starting healthy, robust plants. Note that in the spring they may to go to seed and slow down leaf production for 2 months. Free Shipping. Instructions included with your order

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Please note that these will not be available until June or July 2020 due to flowering.
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 three 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.

Eventually your plants may produce flowers later in the spring. If so, let them flower and set some seeds. Then remove the flower stalk and they will resume vigorous leaf growth. They tend to make a very strong central stalk, and are more compact than purple tree collards. They can be propagated by cuttings once you get your first plant established.

These remarkable plants can be harvested all year round and are delicious sautéd, blended into smoothies, dehydrated into chips, or fermented into kraut. They are packed with nutrients, especially Vitamins B1, B2, B9, C, and beta-Carotene. They are a good source of fiber as well.

All of our cuttings are tip cuttings from young, healthy growth on our mother plants which are grown in fertile, compost rich soil. We never use pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers in our garden.

Please note that the cuttings we are selling do not yet have roots. You will need to place them in moist potting soil and keep them from drying out for the first three to six weeks. Detailed instructions for growing your tree collards will be included with your order. You can also find our videos on Youtube at Project Tree Collard.  Most of our customers have had great success with rooting their cuttings. However, we cannot guarantee your success. Please be mindful of the weather in your area when ordering as they may sit in your mailbox for several hours.

Please note that while we hope that every order we ship thrives in your garden, we cannot be responsible for cuttings that freeze or get cooked in your mailbox or suffer for any other reason outside of our control. If they arrive damaged from the post office, please photograph the cuttings and contact us within 24 hours of receipt. Please only order if you’ll be home for the next couple weeks to receive them when they arrive. We generally ship on Tuesdays, and they should arrive 2-4 days after they ship. We hope you enjoy your cuttings!

Please have high quality potting soil and some 4″ or 1 gallon containers on hand for their arrival. Tree collards root best in mild weather conditions and will need sun.