KALE, Red Russian

Red Russian is a versatile specialty kale well suited for any culinary application and can be planted as an ornamental amongst flowers in the garden. This tall variety is one of the hardiest and most tender kales available. This pre-1885 heirloom has beautiful purple-veined, gray-green oak-type leaves and rich purple stems. The red and purple hues intensify and the flavour sweetens after frost. The thick leaves have a mild, sweet flavour that is delicious both cooked and raw. Red Russian is well suited for baby leaf production. Excellent disease and weather tolerance.

MaturityBaby: 25 days Full: 50 days
Height12 - 36 inches (30 - 91 cm)
Spacing12 inches (30 cm)
LightFull sun to part shade
SoilWell-draining, fertile soil
pH Range6.0 to 7.5
WateringKeep soil evenly moist
FertilizingBalanced fertilizer at the time of planting
Nutrients RequiredNitrogen = moderate to high; Phosphorus = high; Potassium = high

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