Kale – Red Russian

$3.48

Sometimes known as Ragged Jack, Red Russian has a very different sweet taste that is not bitter like traditional varieties of curly kale. Since it keeps its sweet flavour, can be eaten as baby leaf or fully grown. Given its crimson veining and frilly velvety grey-green leaves that are shaped like big oak leaves, is beautiful enough to have as an ornamental plant in your flower beds. The purple colours become richer after frost.

Price is for seed packets. Plants are available at store.  

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Description

Botanical name
Brassica napus subsp. pabularia

Family
Brassicaceae

Spacing
One plant per square foot. Very tall and wide. Back row only, so it doesn’t shade out other smaller plants. Can grown to 90 cm (3′) in height.

Depth
Plant seeds 6 mm (¼”) deep. Do not pack down soil to make it easier for sprouts to reach the light.

Requirements
Best in full sun, but can handle a bit of shade. pH around 6-6.5

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 7-14 days.

Pests
Can be susceptible to cabbage moth caterpillars. Check your plants regularly and remove any green caterpillars. They like the underside of leaves.

Timing
Kale is a very hardy vegetable. Plant it as early as possible, first week of April. Best to direct sow, but you can get an early start indoors a couple of weeks earlier.

Growing
Kale grows like crazy. Just plant it and let it go! It is frost hardy, and actually becomes sweeter in the cold weather. It is pest and disease resistant.

Harvest
50 days

Season
Cool, annual

Links
 Super easy kale with pecans