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An array of kale shapes present in Gulag Stars!

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  • Hyper-frilly leaves, great for adding to salad!
  • Very frilly, hold sauce nicely.
  • The labels for the selections we made for our 2016 crop.

Organic All Stars Kale Seeds

Diverse garden stars

Brassica napus
A great variety for the budding breeder or seed saver.
Rich purples and greens. Shape ranging from ultra-frilly to virtually frill-free and ovular, loads of high shine leaves. Flavor is reminiscent of Asian greens.
Product ID# KA0516 , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC , Grown in the Northeast

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Quick Facts
Days to Germination 3 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 60 days
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 12 to 18 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Height at Maturity 24 inches
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THE STORY: A delight to all who see it, we first obtained seeds from this diverse variety from the Seed Ambassadors Project under the name Gulag Stars Kale. It sounded like a seed saver's dream, a wide array of Russian kale varieties that plant breeder Tim Peters collected through years of work and allowed to cross pollinate with each other. Our grow out produced more than we expected: Rich purples and greens, shape ranging from ultra-frilly to virtually frill-free and ovular, loads of high shine leaves, perhaps lending credibility to the theory that Brassica rapa is one of the original parents of the Brassica napus crops. This seed is from our 2015 crop, selected for Northeast cold hardiness and plant health.

USE: The flavor of this kale is in the range of the Russian kale varieties: A bit sharper than Dino Kale or Vates Blue Curled Kale. Plant this variety if you enjoy the flavor of Asian greens, but long for something more substantial and longer lasting in the garden. Makes a great baby leaf for salads. A great variety for the budding breeder or seed saver. Kale is a biennial-grow the plants in year one, overwinter the ones you like, and save the seeds in the second year.

Growing Instructions

Direct sow kale about a month before last frost. Or, sow under protection 8 weeks earlier, then transplant about a month before last frost. For a young, tender fall crop, sow 3-4 months before first fall frost. Avoid planting at edge of garden, as slugs love kale and will creep in for nightly dining. Harvest a handful of individual outer leaves from each plant; mature plants will be ready for another harvest in a few days.

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