Kale, Red Russian
- Leaves have purple veins
- Leaves are flat and frilled rather than curled
- Mild sweet flavor
- Tolerates cold temperatures to -10 degrees Fahrenheit
- 50-60 days from transplant
- ±10,000 seeds/oz
Kale, Red Russian Description
(Brassica napus) (aka Ragged Jack) Originally from Siberia, brought to Canada by Russian traders around 1885. One of the hardiest and most tender of all kales. Beautiful purple-veined blue-green leaves tinged with red-purple. Frilly leaf margins resemble oak leaves. Vigorous 18-36" plants. Mild sweet flavor. Hardy to -10°F. 50-60 days from transplant. ±10,000 seeds/oz.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the garden 3-5 weeks before the last frost date, or you can start seedlings indoors around the same time. Transplant seedlings out after the danger of frost has passed.
Space your plants or seeds 14-18 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds 1/4-3/4 in. deep.
If you want to use this crop or fresh eating harvest the small, young leaves. The outer leaves of the plant can be harvested for cooking greens as the plant grows.
Mulching the soil around this crop can help protect the plant and keep roots cool and moist. In frost-free zones, this crop can be grow throughout the fall and winter.