Kale - White Russian

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  • Category: Vegetable
  • Type: Kale
  • Variety: White Russian
  • Family: Brassica
  • Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. sabellica
  • Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
  • Growing Difficulty:  3        
  • Soil PH:  6.5-7
  • Fertilizer Requirements:  10-10-10
  • Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining
  • Germination (days): 3 to 10
  • Soil Temp for Germination: 55-85°F
  • Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN
  • Days to Maturity:  45 – 60     
  • Planting Depth:  1/4”
  • Distance Apart (in row):  18-30"
  • Row Spacing: 18-30"

Sowing Instructions

DIRECT SOW IN FULL SUN WHEN SOIL TEMPS ARE ABOVE 55°F

Starting Indoors

4-6 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST

Growing Tips

When direct sowing, wait until the soil is at least 55°F. Sow again in midsummer for fall crops.

When starting indoors, start 4-6 weeks before last frost and transplant 1-2 weeks before last frost.

Culinary Uses

Kale is a popular plant for making health shakes or smoothies. It is also a great vegetable when used in salads, soups, pasta dishes, pesto sauces, as a garnish for meats or a replacement for lettuce.

Harvesting Crops

Pick your Kale regularly once leaves start reaching 8-10". Allowing your Kale to fully mature will produce a bitter flavor. Leaves will become sweet after a couple of frosts.

Harvesting Seed

Kale is a Biennial plant, which means you will need to let the plant overwinter and harvest the seeds the next growing season. Leave a section of Kale plants specifically for this purpose.

Allow the kale plants to flower and allow the seed pods to grow. Seed pods may get heavy and bend the plant, so staking is preferred. You will only need one or two plants for enough seeds.

Cut the branches and hang them upside down to dry. You can then save the pods or break them open to store your seeds properly for next growing season.

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