Red Russian Kale, Heart of Plant

Red Russian Kale

Brassica napus

Certified Organic Seed

Ragged Jack is rugged: reliable, delicious, and hardy, a sweet treat into the fall.

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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.

Quick Facts

Spacing in Row 18 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Planting Depth 1/2 inch
Days to Germination 5-10 days
Days to Maturity 65 days
Height at Maturity 18-36 inches
Width at Maturity 18 inches

How to Grow

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.

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