Kale, Red Russian

Brassica napus
$2.99 to $17.50
SKU: 0625A
  • Organic
  • Leaves have purple veins
  • Leaves are flat and frilled rather than curled
  • Tolerates cold temperatures to -10 degrees Fahrenheit

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.

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Kale, Red Russian Description

This variety of heirloom kale was brought by Russian traders from Siberia to Canada around 1885. It is also known as "Ragged Jack" kale.

Curly leafed cabbages that were grown in ancient Greece are thought to be the ancestors of kale plants. By the Middle Ages kale was one of the most common green vegetables in Europe.

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.