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Red Russian Kale (Heirloom, 58 Days)

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Heirloom. Kale is a staple in Eastern European cooking. Ease of growth, variety of uses, nutrition and delicious flavor (particularly after a frost) make kale an ideal addition to any garden & diet. Tender, oak shaped, three foot leaves change from reddish green to red after a frost. May be left in the garden for harvest throughout the winter. 

30 seeds


Brassica oleracea

Germination: 3-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2” deep

Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement. Transplant a week or two before last frost. Space 12-18" apart. Sow in midsummer for fall crops. 

Sowing Outdoors: Starting in spring when soil temperature reaches at least 55ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds every 12-18”. Sow closer to harvest baby greens. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow in midsummer for fall crops. Germination is slower at lower soil temperatures.

Harvest Pick young leaves starting at 8-10". 

Tips: Plant into a fertile, well drained soil.  Leaves become very sweet after frost. Use thinning’s or sow a heavy seeded row every 10-14 days for baby greens. 

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Top notch

This is an amazing very large-leafed, fast growing robust kale that stands up to the July heat in Maryland, which is saying something! Extremely productive And particularly good for kale salads because of the texture of the leaves.

Alex M.
United States United States
Good company

I've purchased seeds from Pinetree for over two decades. They always deliver high quality seed at a reasonable price. They have a wide array of heritage vegetable seeds available, and in reasonable sized packs. Alex

Carol G.
United States
Good Seed

I planted seed in pots a few weeks ago and every seed came up! They are growing strong. Soon it will be time to plant them out. I hope they continue strong.

Joseph C.
United States
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I understand completely asking for a review so soon after my purchase. I am happy to give you five stars on the transaction.What would also be useful, far more useful, would be soliciting reviews well into the growing season. You have some that give really helpful information. USDA zone of the reviewer helps too. Contact me in three months, and give a product review. Joseph

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Sara C.
Red Russian Rocks

I’ve grown Red Russian for 4 yrs now. Wonderful tasty leaves as baby greens then later for salad, sautéed, or steam freezing. (Look @ massaged kale recipes online!) Not a bushy plant, I do 8” grid spacing in a raised intensive bed. Goes til last hard frost, maybe 3’ tall @ end of season. Just keep cutting lower leaves. Yummy!