Packet Content (approx.): 700 (2.5g)
A popular kale for babyleaf salads, Red Russian kale has a distinctive deeply indented leaf with subtle red colouration to mid rib and veins. Bulks quickly, and has a mild cabbage flavour. may also be grown to teen leaf stage for steaming.
Kale Red Russian is more tender to eat & has a sweeter flavour than the more traditional varieties of curly Kale. It has grey/green 'oak leaf' shaped frilly leaves with attractive purple veining, which get deeper in the cold. The young leaves are good for 'baby leaf' use in salads.
It is a useful veg that contains a lot of vitamins, provides a good crop of greens when little else is available in the winter months and is relatively low maintenance.
Sowing: March to August. Sow in modules or small pots, 1cm deep & water. Plant out when 12cm tall 50cm between each and 50cm between the rows, if large leaves are required. Plant seedlings closer about 10cm apart for baby leaf production. Plants will grow to 70-90cm tall. A spring sowing and a late summer sowing will keep you in Kale for the year.
Care: Requires little maintenance apart from water in dry spells and pick leaves to ensure further production of young leaves.
Harvest: 3 months after sowing. June to March.
Suitable for the vegetable garden, allotments and containers.
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season. Regular feeding is recommended.