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
Soil PH: 6.0-7.5, Ideal 6.5-7.0
Kale is more tolerant of poor soil than any of the other Brassicas, but the most palatable leaves are produced by rapid uninterrupted growth. For this the soil must be rich and moisture retentive.
It is important that the soil is well drained when growing kale as a winter crop. If the soil is too wet the roots may rot.
Kale likes a neutral pH, so add lime if necessary.
Compost (N), 2 inch(es), in top 6in of soil, 1 time
Kale likes organic matter, so amend the soil by digging in 2˝ of compost or aged manure.