An extremely hardy heirloom! Red Russian Kale (Brassica napus) was first brought to North America from Siberia in the late 1800s. Tender grey-green leaves and purple stems grow very large — up to 36 inches tall — and have a subtle sweet flavor that improves after a frost. Certified organic, and ready for harvest in 50-60 days from transplant.
Each packet contains approximately 100 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Plants grow best in full sun and cool moist soil that is enriched with compost. Sow in late summer for a fall harvest or early spring for a summer harvest. Plant 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep, allowing one foot between plants and two feet between rows.
Like most winter crops, the flavor improves after the first frost. In fact, we recommend that you do not harvest until after at least one hard frost. Pick outer leaves as they develop or harvest the entire plant. Small leaves are tender and can be used in salads. Larger leaves can be cooked like spinach.