Post harvest, I’ve noticed this cultivar tends to wilt faster than other greens. To prevent wilting, harvest early in the morning while it is still cool outside. Make sure to take the leaves out of the sun quickly after you’ve collected them.
If you’re looking for a sweet and tender variety of kale for your garden, look no further than ‘Red Russian.’
This cultivar is grown in a similar way to other varieties of kale, but I’ll provide the details for growing ‘Red Russian’ below.
An easy way to plant is to sow a single row of seeds spaced an inch apart. As seedlings emerge, you can thin them to a foot apart for full-sized plants, or refrain from thinning at all if you want to harvest baby greens.
This variety also has a unique appearance with its frilly green leaves and purple-red stems. In fact, some people even cultivate it just for ornamental purposes, adding rich color to their fall gardens.
If you are starting seeds indoors to transplant, choose a sowing date based on your growing zone:
The ‘Red Russian’ variety is a relatively easy crop to manage. But there are some common problems to look out for. You can read more about managing and treating wilting leaves and yellow and thinning leaves.
You can sow seeds once again in August through September. The latest you should sow seeds outdoors is two weeks before your predicted first frost date.
This variety is harvested in the same way as other types of kale. One important tip to remember is to only harvest the outer leaves, and never the interior portions of new growth.
If you’re looking for a sweet and tender green for your garden, try Red Russian kale. Learn to grow and harvest this leafy green on Gardener’s Path.