Red Russian Kale Seeds Heirloom Vegetable. Red Russian produces lots of flat toothed, grey-green leaves with a central purple-red stem. The red colour intensifies as temperatures decreases in the fall. Leaves turns a rich, dark green when cooked. Soft tender texture when braised or for salads. Red Russian Kale is vitamin rich and very winter hardy. This kale variety arrived in Canada somewhere around 1885.
How to Grow :
400 seed/gram. Sow seed directly outdoors 1 cm (1/2″) deep in early spring or from June to early July in rows 60 cm (24″) apart. Thin seedlings to 30 cm (12″) apart. Kale is very cold tolerant and develops its best flavour after the fall frosts.
Lifecycle: Biennial Harvested as an Annual
Propagation: Sow Direct
Days to Emergence: 7 to 10 days
Light: Full Sun
Growth Habit: Bushy
Height: Medium (50 to 70 cm)(20″ to 28″)
Frost Tolerance: Frost Hardy
Days to Harvest: 50
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Family Name: Brassicaceae
Latin: Brassica oleracea ‘acephalus’