Red Russian Kale

Certified Organic Seed

Brassica napus

A hardy kale that stays sweet into the fall.

Among kales, Red Russian shines: its 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.

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Nearly everyone has come to love kale, the sweet, super-nutritious king of leafy greens. And what's not to love? Sown in early March and transplanted in mid-April, you can begin harvesting delicate frilly leaves in late May. Sow again in late June or early July for a fall crop, which will provide leaves that turn ambrosial when sauteed with garlic and doused lightly with apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Kale likes to be transplanted--even the summer sowing--and it wastes less garden space to do so. It also gives the seedlings a head start against the flea beetles, which will happily munch on kale seedlings if eggplants and mustards are unavailable. Give the plants highly fertile soil and a spacing of twelve to eighteen inches depending on variety.

Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 65 days
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 18 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Height at Maturity 18 to 36 inches
Width at Maturity 18 inches
Sun Preference Full to Partial Sun

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