Kale – Red Russian

(12 customer reviews)


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250 Seeds per pack

(a.k.a. Ragged Jack) (Brassica oleracea) 50 days.       Red Russian Open Pollinated Kale has purple stems and leaves that are grey green with purple veins. Red Russian will add lots of color to salads. Dip leaves in cold water to extend shelf life. Red Russian leaves are very tender compared to other kale varieties.

Planting Instructions for Red Russian Kale Seeds

Heirloom / Open Pollinated Kale is a short season brassica that performs best in cool weather and can tolerate frost when established. For spring planting of Kale, start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost, or direct sow after danger of hard frost. In warm climates you can plant Kale in late summer for fall harvest. In hot climates you can plant Kale in the fall for a winter harvest. Plant Kale in full sun in more mild climates, or partial shade in very hot summer climates. Sow Kale seeds ½” deep, 3″ apart, in rows 18-24″ apart. Germination should occur in 5-17 days in soil 55-75°F. When Kale plants reach 3-5″, thin to 12-18″ apart. Outer leaves can be harvested at about 8-10″ long, Avoid picking the inner leaves to avoid damaging the growing point. A light frost brings out the sweetness in fall or winter crops.

12 reviews for Kale – Red Russian

  1. Marianne (verified owner)

    Obviously super quality, it just kept growing and growing!

  2. J H. (verified owner)

    My favorite kale

  3. Richard Newton (verified owner)

    Slow growing

  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Loved it!

  5. Valerie S. (verified owner)

    I have not planted yet but seeds arrived quickly and well packaged. Love St. Clare Seeds!

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  7. Regina Harris (verified owner)

    5 star!

  8. jody (verified owner)

    5 star!

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  12. Pussywillow

    This is my favorite kale–still delicious in the heat of summer. My standard breakfast is kale frittata with refried beans (& lemon balm sauce, if I have it). I added cheese when I could have it. Russian Red outlasts pretty much everything else in the garden, often going through November in zone 4. It takes shade well too, producing well against the north side of our garage. Spaced ~8″ apart, the plants get large (3′ tall & 2′ wide). Interplanting with garlic really helps keep cabbage worms down.

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