This rare, gourmet variety has red-purple veins on slate-green, wavy-margined leaves. Cool weather intensifies its color. Steamed lightly, the frilly leaves make an attractive garnish. If using in soup, add kale at the end to avoid overcooking.
Kale – Red Russian – Brassica oleracea (Acephala group) Biennial
Soil & Water: Kale will thrive in any moderately fertile soil with good drainage, organic matter, and a pH range of 5.5-6.5. It needs regular, even watering to avoid bitterness.
Planting & Growing: Kale grows best in cool climates and may survive winter. Start seeds indoors 6 weeks before the last frost or seed directly as soon as the soil can be worked. Plant mid-July for fall harvests.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest young leaves for salads. Older leaves are best steamed or cooked. Unlike most kale varieties, Red Russian is sweet flavored even before a frost.
- Soil Temperature: 45-95F
- Planting Depth: 1/4″-1/2″
- Germination: 5-18 Days
- Height At Maturity: 24″-28″
- Days To Maturity: 50-65 Days
- Sun/Shade: Partial Sun
- Spacing After Thinning: 16″
- Approx Seeds per Pack: 100 Seeds
Product image via: Peaceful Valley Farm Supply