Kale : Red Russian
Gorgeous, rare variety that produces sweet, delectable leaves
This rare, gourmet variety has red-purple veins on slate-green, wavy-margined leaves. Cool weather intensifies its color. Steamed lightly, the frilly leaves make an attractive garnish. If using in soup, add kale at the end to avoid overcooking.Brassicaceae Brassica oleracea
Kale is the easiest of the Brassica family to grow (as well as one of the most nutritious and productive) and is extremely productive for the work it requires.
Kale must have plenty of water for maximum productivity and best quality.
Low nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous.
Kale has similar nutritional requirements as cabbage, in that it needs a significant amount of phosphorus and potassium but not a lot of nitrogen.
Early varieties require a higher soil fertility than mid or late-season varieties.
Watering, regularlyWater, 1 quart(s), regularly, 2 times a week
Watering, regularlyWater, 0.5 gallon(s) per plant, regularly, 2 times a week
Kale has large leaves and can lose a lot of water in warm weather. Keep the plants well supplied with water for maximum production and best quality.
Watering also depends on your local weather; don't water if it's raining, or water more frequently if it's dry. Just be sure to keep soil moist for the best crop. The best way to know how much moisture is in your soil is to feel 2" below the soil line. If it's dry, water.
Weeding, regularlyregularly, every 3 weeks
Kale is pretty independent once established, so you only really need worry about weeds while it is young.
Side Dressing, after transplantingCompost tea, 5 gallon(s) per 100 sq. ft., after transplanting, 1 month
Thinning, after sowingafter sowing, every 3 weeks
Start harvest thinnings when all the seedlings have emerged, and gradually thin them to the recommended spacing (check your variety for this spacing).
Side Dressing, to cool soilMulch, 2 inch(es), to cool soil, 1 time
Use a mulch in summer to suppress weeds, keep the soil cool and conserve soil moisture.