Kale Red Russian
Kale Red Russian is up there as the most robust of all the Kale varieties. It is less prone to Cabbage moth and white butterfly and grows fast. Grows to 75cm with bluish green/ red tinged serrated leaves with red veins. You can also eat younger leaves like lettuce. Frost sweetens the leaves.
Sow – November to March (cool climate).
Spacing – 40cm between plants, 50cm rows.
Kale originated in the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor, where it was cultivated for food beginning by 2000 BCE at the latest. Curly-leaved varieties of cabbage already existed along with flat-leaved varieties in Greece in the 4th century BC. These forms, which were referred to by the Romans as Sabellian kale, are considered to be the ancestors of modern kales.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 20 to 24 C (around 5-10 days to germination)
- approx 350 seed per gram