Red Russian Kale
- Mild sweet flavor
- Tolerates cold temperatures to -10 degrees Fahrenheit
- Leaves have purple veins
- Leaves are flat and frilled rather than curled
- 50-60 days from transplant
- ±10,000 seeds/oz
(Brassica napus) (aka Ragged Jack) One of the hardiest and most tender-leaved of all kales, this variety is originally from Siberia and was brought to Canada by Russian traders around 1885. Its beautiful, frilly, purple-veined, blue-green leaves are tinged with red-purple and resemble oak leaves. Vigorous plants grow 18-36" tall. Leaves have a mild, sweet flavor. Hardy to -10°F. 50-60 days from transplant. ±10,000 seeds/oz.
Learn to Grow Red Russian Kale
Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost
Germination: 3-10 Days
Plant Outdoors: 24” Apart
Light: Full Sun
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Plant out just before the last frost. Kale is most tender and delicious after a frost. Harvest can continue even after snow.
Ratings & Reviews
Kale in Colorado
I have been growing this kale in the temperamental climate of the Colorado Eastern Plains for many years. Does well when planted in a hill bed (Huegelbeet) in poor soil with lots of shade. A cool spring helps tremendously. Kale was never meant to be eaten raw and is a cool season food. A cold snap is necessary to remove the bitter taste, my uncle remembers not eating kale until after a frost for that reason (in Germany). It is best with traditional sausages or smoked pork. Getting ready to take this kale to 10,000 feet, curious to see how it does there.
Thrived until Christmas in southern WI
We harvested the last crop from under four inches of snow, and it was delicious. This is the only kind of kale I want to grow.
My new favorite kale
This has become my favorite kale variety. It is great as a salad green as it isn't as chewy as curled leaf varieties. Looking forward to seeing how it does through fall and winter.