Growing Red Russian Kale Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Brassica napus pabularia
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- Days to Maturity: 50-60 days
- Hardiness Zone: All
- Planting Depth: 1/2"
- Plant Spacing: 18-24"
- Row Spacing: 2'
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Moist, rich in nutrients. PH level between 6.5 and 6.8
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full or partial sun
- Diseases/pests/problems: Over watering can cause damage to the plant. Susceptible to cabbageworms, slugs, grasshoppers and aphids.
- Color:Green with purple stems
Non-GMO Red Russian Kale seeds can be grown in all grow zones, with full or partial sun. Directly sow the seeds one fourth of an inch deep in moist, rich soil, with a pH level between 6.5 and 6.8. Space the seeds eighteen to twenty four inches apart, with two feet between rows. While growing, the soil must be kept moist, but care must be taken to not over water the plants. The outer leaves can be harvested fifty to sixty days after sowing. Continuous harvesting is possible if the bud is kept intact.
Red Russian Kale (Brassica napus pabularia), is also known commonly as Ragged Jack, like most other kales, is highly nutritious and great for salads. It gets its name from its origins in Siberia. Red Russian Kale is medium sized and more tender than other kale varieties. It has a mild sweet flavor and is great for salads, especially as a baby green. Will over-winter when planted in late fall. Frost improves the flavor, so if planted for a fall harvest, wait for the first frost to sweeten it. Red Russian Kale will grow in all zones but does best in the cooler climates. It like full sun, but a little shade will be beneficial in the hottest climates. If harvested properly, kale will keep growing so you can get more crop from the same plant. Clip the bottom leaves first and leave the upper leaves near the bud intact. Red Russian Kale is excellent for salads, and baby greens but can also be steamed, blanched, added to stews, soups, and stir fries.