Ragged Jack Kale (Red Russian Kale)
Certified Organic Seed
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.
|Art Pack (100 seeds)||$4.49||In Stock|
|100 Seeds||$3.50||In Stock|
|300 Seeds||$6.50||In Stock|
|1 Ounce||$8.95||In Stock|
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|
|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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