PLANT - KALE: RUSSIAN RED
A delicious grey-green kale is pretty enough to plant among the flowers. Much larger than regular kale, the stems are purplish and the leaves are shaped like big oak leaves and colored a velvety gray green. The purple colors become richer after frost, when the flavor becomes sweeter. Surprisingly, the big leaves are very tender and delicious. Plants may be left outdoors all winter. Frost improves flavor. Kale prefers cooler weather but can tolerate temperatures well into the 90s.
Companion plants: beets, celery, cucumbers, herbs, onions, spinach, chard, and potatoes. It isn't happy growing next to beans, strawberries, or tomatoes.
PRO TIP: Kale requires good cultivation; mulch or hoe frequently to keep soil loose and weed-free. It’s time to harvest when the leaves are about the size of your hand. Pick them one by one, starting with the lowest, outermost leaves and working toward the center. Always leave a few of the small central leaves attached to encourage growth. In most cases, you’ll be able to harvest from the same plant again in five to seven days.
LOCATION: FULL SUN / PARTIAL SHADE -- at least 6 hours of sun/day
MATURES: 55-75 days
PLANT SPACING: 12" inches apart
PLANT SZE: 24" - 36" tall
CONTAINER: 3.25" SQUARE
NOTE: CAN NOT SHIP -- PICK UP OR DELIVERY ONLY
>> planted January 21, 2021.