Kale, Red Russian
Kale is an all-around great annual leafy green to have in your garden. With so many varieties, there is sure to be one you and your family will like. They are quick to grow, easy to maintain, and have a cut-and-come-again growth habit (our favorite). This allows it to provide for your family over a long growing period. One plant can go a long way. Get a few varieties and you're set for kale for the season!
The red Russian kale is the underdog of the kale in our opinion, but we love it. When people think of kale, their mind doesn’t go to this variety, although it's still just as appetizing as the other varieties, and it adds a gorgeous light purple, blue-green color to your veggie bed. The leaves are ruffled, and the steams are red, giving this kale a lot of character. Best to place this kale towards the back because it likes to get tall!
Days to Maturity: 50 days
Plant size: 36” tall
Plant spacing: 12-18” apart for mature plants, 6-10” apart for baby leaf
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Kale prefers sun but can get as little as 3 hours of sunlight a day and be just fine. Put this plant in the shadier spots in your garden if you have limited space. Prefers fertile, well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Consistent watering will produce bigger plants and harvests.
Harvesting: You can begin to harvest your kale about one to two months after transplanting it into your garden. Kale leaves can be cut from the mother plant one by one, as needed, or you can harvest the entire plant all at once. If harvested as needed, it’ll continue to grow and provide for you and your family over a long growing period.
Culinary: These leaves get big enough to use as a wrap or eat fresh, but most people prefer to cook this variety. Either way will work.
Nutrients: Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense veggies you can have in your garden. Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, vitamin C, and so much more.
Companion planting: Plant near aromatic herbs, cabbage family, marigolds, nasturtiums, beets, celery, cucumbers, dill, garlic, hyssop, lettuce, mint, onions, potatoes, rosemary, sage, spinach, and swiss chard.
Keep away from pole beans, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes, and peas.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.