Ragged Jack Kale (Red Russian Kale)

Certified Organic

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.

This variety is suitable for growing as a microgreen. 🌱

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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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