Four freshly cut Purple Tree Collard cuttings shipped from our certified CA nursery. Our cuttings are wrapped in damp paper and a small plastic bag so that they will remain moist during transit. 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. They come in bundles of 4 because they sometimes don’t all root.
Purple Tree Collards are a perennial vegetable related to collard greens. They can get over eight feet in height and will continue to grow and produce year after year. They can survive temperatures down to around 20 degrees Fahrenheit. In colder regions they can be grown as an annual. Many people find that the flavor of purple tree collards is superior to traditional collard greens. They also tend to be more disease and pest resistant. They are very productive. In addition to humans, chickens and ducks love to eat tree collards- their egg yolks will turn a brilliant orange. Deer, horses, goats, etc love them too.
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 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. If your region is hot when you receive your cuttings, you’ll want to keep them in partial shade while they form roots.
All orders will include an instruction sheet for rooting your cuttings. We also have a tutorial here. Customers have reported being happy with the shipping condition even with USPS delays.
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. Please be mindful of the weather in your area when ordering as they may sit in your mailbox for several hours. If they arrive damaged from the post office, please photograph the cuttings and contact us within 24 hours of receipt. We hope you enjoy your cuttings!