Originally from Siberia, brought to Canada by Russian traders around 1885. One of the hardiest and most tender of all kales. Red Russian has beautiful purple-veined, blue-green leaves tinged with reddish-purple. Frilly leaf margins resemble oak leaves. Vigorous 18-36″ plants. Mild sweet flavor. Hardy to -10°F. (50-60 days from transplant) CERTIFIED ORGANIC
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.