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  Kale: Red Russian Kale (1g, 250 seeds)
Heirloom Red Russian Kale Seeds | Grow Red Russian Kale


 
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Deep gray-green leaves with purple veins are a great colorful addition to both the vegetable garden and the table! Mature leaves are more tender than those of other kale varieties and have a mild, sweet flavor. Vigorous, 18-30" tall. Average: 60 days

Detailed planting instructions:

Direct seed about three months before expected fall frost. Plant seeds ¼ to ½ inch deep, 1 inch apart in rows 18 to 30 inches apart. Thin to 12- to 18-inch spacings. Eat or transplant thinnings.

Similar to cabbage and other cole crops, you can also set out transplants in spring 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost, 12 inches apart, rows 18 to 24 inches apart.

Doesn't seem to be as troubled by pests as most other cole crops. Use floating row covers to help protect from early insect infestations.

To help reduce disease, do not plant kale or other cole crops in the same location more than once every three or four years.


HARVESTING

Kale is a hearty vegetable that prefers the cold weather and if cared for correctly can produce a surplus of leaves throughout every season, including the winter. The time frame for harvesting kale is a personal decision, loosely based on flavor preferences. For those that require a lighter side to kale’s taste, younger leaves will suffice. But for those that like the more pungent and bold flavor of kale, the matured leaves of fall are preferable.

Harvest your kale immediately after the first frost. This is the best time to remove leaves from your kale plants for cooking and salads. Frost actually enhances the flavor of kale, and for plants that were sewn in the spring, their fall maturity will allow them to survive through winter.

Pick what you need throughout the season. Kale can be harvested soon after the plants begin to grow leaves. Younger leaves can be a tasty addition to some salads, and the more mature leaves become more flavorful as they grow. Leaves can be taken from the kale up until they are covered by a blanket of snow.

Protect your kale with a thick layer of mulch if you wish to continue harvesting throughout the winter. Since kale prefers colder temperatures, their flavors become intensified in the winter. If you prefer the winter flavor, protect your kale from the snow, in order to enjoy their tasty leaves when it thaws.

Remove the outer leaves of the Kale plant as it matures, for a continuous cycle of growth. The center of the kale plant containing the bud will continue to produce fresh leaves when the outer ones are removed. By following this rule of thumb, you can expect a vast amount of kale production to suit your needs.

Choose leaves that are bright green and fresh, as opposed to yellowed leaves, when harvesting kale for eating. The yellowish leaves can produce an undesirable taste, and their limp appearance may be unappetizing.


SAVING SEEDS

Insect pollinated biennial. Different kale varieties must be isolated by ¼ mile in order to prevent cross pollination. Closer distances may be adequate if tree lines, woods or buildings are in between the different gardens. Allow plants to flower and set seed pods. Seeds are mature when black and the pods have begun to dry. Take care during seed harvest because the pods shatter readily when dry. Use a 1/8" screen to help with cleaning. Kale seed remains viable for 4-5 years under cool and dry storage conditions.
Features
  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
  • Nutritional value: An excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C.


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Best Place to Buy August 26, 2014
Reviewer: Brie from Jacksonville, FL United States  
I have bought many things from My Patriot Supply and EVERY time they have my order out within 24 hours. I always get my package quickly and never have problems. The package arrives in great condition as well as the seeds I've ordered. I have grown many of them (turned out awesome!) and will continue to buy from this company. I haven't come across a quicker, more efficient, and higher quality place to buy from!

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red russian kale August 24, 2014
Reviewer: becca pineda from national city, CA United States  
this is the first time I planted this, don't know how fast it show grow, but I'm patient.
Over all I'm happy with all my order except the celery. If I need more seeds I will definitely reorder from this company again and refer you to my friends. thank you.

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Seeds Bought For Fall Planting! July 8, 2014
Reviewer: PWhea90663 from Topeka, KS United States  
I can't review the seed themselves yet, as I got these to plant for a fall harvest as I had a late start because of an unusually late frost and a need for a replant of much of my garden which put me behind! I will be planting these in late July or early August for a late fall harvest. Like everything else I have received from this company, these seeds came well packaged for longterm storage, very reasonably priced, and I'm sure the quality will be just as good as all the seeds I have planted so far!  Thanks for such a wonderful product, and the speedy shipping!!!

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Red Kale April 27, 2014
Reviewer: Sonia Galasso from deepwater, NJ United States  
Just planted but sprouting already

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In storage April 2, 2014
Reviewer: Rebecca Scarbrough from Gallup, NM United States  
Bought as emergency only. Have not yet tried.

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