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Red Russian Kale seeds
  • Red Russian Kale seeds

Red Russian Kale

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A beautiful purplish kale whose colors become more vibrant after a frost, this sweet-tasting kale will produce all winter long in most areas of the UK.


    Brassica oleracea


    70 Days


    Hardy Annual

  • Plant Size

    Height Up To 75cm (30in) Spread Up To 50cm (20in)

  • Hardiness & Longevity

    Hardy Annual

  • Ideal For

    Kitchen Garden

  • Position In

    Full Sun


Red Russian Kale Seeds

One of the more decorative kales, Red Russian is a medium-tall heirloom that is usually grown as a biennial. The leaves grow is a loose rosette and are dark green with purple veins. The stems are a burgundy that grows deeper after a frost. Frost also makes the leaves sweeter. Overall Russian Red is a great addition to any fall and winter garden. What’s more, it’s as nutritious as it is beautiful—kale is one of the most vitamin-rich vegetables you can eat.

Common Questions

Can Red Russian kale be grown over winter? YES! Red Russian kale is very hardy will survive to -18c! So more than capable of withstanding a cold British winter, in fact out of all the Kale it's one of the better varieties to grow over winter as the flavour improves after frost.

How do you take care of Red Russian kale when growing from seed? It is advised that Red Russian Kale should be sown in full sun and given half an inch of water a week. Your kale vegetable seeds may need more water in the warmer climates and less in colder temperatures. Kale tends to do better in colder conditions but can still be grown in warmer climates.

Is it possible for Kale to regrow every year? Red Russian Kale is a biennial vegetable that usually has a 2 year cycle, continuing to produce edible leaves throughout the winter. The kale can go dormant during the colder months of the year with the leaves dying, however their root ecosystem will remain active and alive.

Sow and Harvest Times

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Product Features

Germination Time
7 - 14 Days
Sowing Method
Start in Pots or Trays
Days to Maturity
70 Days
Grow in Greenhouse
Optional, for Early Crop
Number of Seeds Per Packet

General Advice & Support

Seed Starting. First Frost Dates


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