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Ragged Jack Kale (Red Russian Kale)

Certified Organic Seed

Brassica napus

Flat, ragged leaves are perfect in sautes and soups.

Don't let his unkempt outfit fool you: Jack is robust, tasteful, and adds an elegant frill wherever he goes. Just like a traveling Russian peasant, Ragged Jack has many colorful stories to tell: stories of wilted kale salads, deep green sautés, and potato-kale soups. Be kind to this weary world traveler, and let him take root in your garden. He will overwinter with just a little protection and thank you with a delicious flourish of spring greens and flower buds.

This variety's tender leaves are bluish-green framed by pinkish-red veins. It's as at-home in a decorative border as it is in a productive row. Because its leaves are flat and thin, it wilts very quickly; if cooking with thicker, curlier kale varieties, toss it in later to keep it from overcooking. 

This variety is also known as Red Russian Kale.

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Sow indoors beginning 8 weeks before last frost. Sow in succession until 8 weeks before first fall frost to ensure an autumn crop, which is tastiest. Prefers fertile soil, but will generally succeed even in less-than-ideal conditions. Harvest outer leaves, which allows the plant to continue to produce new growth. Stays delicious well into winter.

Days to Germination 3-10 days
Days to Maturity 50 days
Planting Depth ½"
Spacing in Row 18"
Spacing Between Rows 18"
Height at Maturity 18-36"
Width at Maturity 18"
Sun Preference Full Sun

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