Seeds - Kale, Red Russian OG
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Description: While often overlooked in favour of the frilly-leaved varieties, Russian kales are said to have superior flavour and sweetness (especially after a frost). A real super-food for the northern gardener, kale is one of the most nutritious greens you can grow! Red Russian is much sweeter than curly varieties. A top selection at Sage Garden.
Pack Size: 1/32 oz
Latin Name: Brassica oleracea
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 21 days baby / 50 days full-size
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Height: 45 - 50 cm (18 - 20 inches)
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 5 - 10 days at 21ºC.
Indoors: 4 weeks before planting out. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting Out: Plant in well-drained fertile soil once seedlings are established 2 - 3 weeks before last frost date.
Outdoors: Direct seed a couple of weeks before the last frost, when soil is workable.
Planting Depth: 1/4". Cover lightly.
Spacing: 3" apart in rows 24" apart. When plants are 2" tall, thin to 6".
Fertilizing (Containers): Plant in a quality, organic-based potting mix with good drainage. Fertilize regularly with organic plant food. Jobes organic spikes are easy and effective!
Watering (Containers): Check regularly. Water deeply when the soil feels dry to the touch.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Not well-suited for mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden recently amended with quality compost such as Sea Soil. No further fertilizing required.
Watering (Garden): Water plants daily to get roots established (about two weeks). Once established, water only as required.
Harvesting: Cut leaves in 30 days for baby kale. The entire plant can be harvested in 60 days. Multiple sowings will ensure a continuous supply. Flavour is sweeter when leaves get nipped by frost.
Suitability for Indoors: Compact or dwarf varieties of Kale are well-suited for indoors, provided a sunny location. Best for growing as baby greens.
Exposure: Full sun.
What about Grow Lights? T5 or 26w to 54w CFL full-spectrum lights are ideal.
General Indoor Care: Sow fresh seeds indoors in fall, as established Kale does not transfer well from outdoors to inside.
Indoor Container Suggestions: Minimum 6" container.
Winter Fertilizing: Fertilize monthly through winter with organic plant food.
Winter Watering: Water deeply when the soil feels dry to the touch.