MY MICHIGAN GARDEN
Red Russian Kale
Plant Height: 20"=30"
Planting Depth: ¼"-½"
Plant Spacing: 12"-18"
Soil Temp, Germ: 55-75 °F
Days to Germ.: 3-8
Days to Maturity: 50 - 60
Full Sun/Partial Shade
Kale, Red Russian , (Brassica napus)
An old favorite for its tenderness, sweet flavor, and nutritive value.
An excellent red bunching Kale that retains its sweetness during warm weather and tolerates extreme cold.
In cool climates direct seed kale as soon as the soil can be worked in
the spring. Kale germinates in soils that are 45°-95°. In warm climates
plant kale seeds in early spring or in late summer or early fall for
growing during the winter months. Plant the seeds 1/2" deep in prepared
beds. Make sure the seeds do not dry out before germination.
Kale can be started indoors 6 weeks before the last frost. Start seeds in
seed flats in a good growing mix. Place plants under grow lights if available
Soil & Water:
Kale grows best in cool moist soil that is enriched with compost.
Optimal soil temperature for growing kale is between 60°-65°. Kale does
best when pH of the soil is between 5.5 and 6.5. Kale requires moderate
amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium
Kale can be harvested as soon as the leaves are ready to be used although
the leaves are most delicious after the first frosts.
Harvest kale by clipping off the outer leaves if you want the plant to
keep producing. Or harvest the entire plant when there is a large rosette of leaves.
Kale, Red Russian June 19
Kale, Red Russian July 3
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