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Sad kale, zone 10b, don't know what to do.

 
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Hi all,

I'm in central Mexico, where it's dry, gets cool (50F) at night and hot and sunny (80s F) during the day.

Here is my kale, which I bought as a baby plant. It's been fertilized a bit although we don't yet have compost. It's in full sun.

I grew kale only in coastal Massachusetts so I really don't know what to do with it here.

It's got bugs (again) which I'm fending off with a diatomaceous earth / neem mixture (commercial). I'm not confident that the spray contains much of the supposedly active ingredients.

The soil seems dry every time I check it, which is about once every two days.

More compost? More water? Too much sun? I have no clue.

Thanks for any pointers.

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sad kale with yellow leaves and bug holes
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While we've never lived in the 10b zone, when we lived in the 8a/b zone (Louisiana), our greens were having a difficult time until we shaded them for the majority of the day. We used sun sails which we had from our skoolie. They still let the rain in so we didn't have to worry about that aspect.
 
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Kale is a cool weather plant.

It can withstand light freezing temps, and it usually likes cooler weather, but it can also survive some heat.

It looks like it’s in a pot, so maybe you could move it in a shady place, and even there it still may struggle.

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