Red Russian Kale Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 96 feet.
5 out of 5 stars
(7 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Kale gets sweeter after the first fall frost. 'Red Russian', brought to North America in 1885, is sweet and tender all the time, making it excellent for mesclun, garnishes, and sautéing. The red veins, wavy margins, and foliage that resembles oak leaves make 'Red Russian' as attractive as it is delicious. Harvest baby greens in just 21 days.
$2.49 1 gram (~190 seeds)

Botanical Name: Brassica napus

Days to Maturity: 21–50 days

Family: Brassicaceae

Native: Europe

Hardiness: Biennial grown as an annual, kale is very cold hardy and may overwinter in milder climates.

Plant Dimensions: 18"–30" tall, 24" wide

Variety Information: Wavy, dark green leaves with reddish purple veins and stems.

When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is above 45°F for spring/summer crop; 10 to 12 weeks before your average first fall frost date for fall crop; and in mild climates, fall for very early spring crop.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. For a fall crop, start 12 to 14 weeks before your average first fall frost date, transplanting after 4 to 6 weeks. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 65°–85°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 18"

Row Spacing: 24"

Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 18"

Harvesting: Outer leaves can be harvested as baby greens when 2"–3" tall, any time when full-sized beginning with the lowest, or the whole plant can be cut off at ground level at maturity. For fast regrowth, harvest up to only ⅓ of the plant at a time.

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Red Russian Kale Seeds Reviews

7 reviews

Magical leafy goodness

5 out of 5 stars Jul 28, 2018
I've grown kale before, but this variety takes the cake! These plants have grown tall and bushy, and regrow after each dinners' harvest, getting taller and taller (over 3 feet!) and are so hardy so that just a few plants have been feeding us for almost a year!
marisa dipaola from NJ

Red Russian Kale

5 out of 5 stars Feb 7, 2019
My favorite kale, by far. Great taste, not too "kale-y". Flat leaves make it much easier/faster to prepare for cooking (bug removal) than curly types. Lovely, gets brighter purple in the cold. Lives through most winters here in north GA. If I let it go to seed it self-sows for the next season. Far and away the best kale I've grown or eaten!
Blair from GA

Ordering with Confidence

5 out of 5 stars Mar 3, 2019
Always enjoy your colorful selections and cultural information. More importantly I can depend on my order being filled and shipped promptly and the seeds being of the highest quality. My recent Kale purchases were planted (maybe a little early) in trays in my kitchen and were up and thriving within 5 days! I wish the weather was as reliable as your company.
Candace Korzenko from VA
Owner Response: Candace, thanks so much for the sweet comments. This made our day!

Love them

5 out of 5 stars Sep 17, 2019
Love my kale. Easy to grow! Spring and Fall crop has done well. Nice, continuous supply!!!
Kara Swearingen from AR

Red Russian Kale Seeds

5 out of 5 stars Oct 7, 2020
Grew very well!
Jeff Bowden from AR

Red Russian kale is lovely

5 out of 5 stars Dec 18, 2020
The seeds germinated quickly and the seedlings took off pretty quickly. I am growing this in a GreenStalk tower, medium pots (probably 3 gallon) and in 5 gallon grow bags. The tower kale seems happiest, but they are all producing well. I grow most of my greens for salads and stir fries, so I have been quite pleased with this.
Noelle Parris from SC


5 out of 5 stars Oct 5, 2022
wonderful kale! Sweet and not bitter, pretty pastel purply-green plants. not troubled too much by pests. the rabbits (surprisingly) didn't eat it. the kale regrows multiple times and we've been eating off of it all summer. Would absolutely grow again.
Jennifer from MA

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