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Kale — Red Ursa Organic

Red Ursa Organic Kale Seeds are CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Red Ursa kale combines the broadleaf frills of Siberian with the rich colour of Red Russian. Great raw flavour for salads, especially the young leaves of fully grown plants. The bolting purple stems of overwintered plants are very sweet and colourful - perfect for steaming or stir-fries. Red Ursa kale seeds produce vigorous plants that are surprisingly cold hardy. Many people feel that the flavour of kale improves after frost, so plant some more Red Ursa kale seeds in mid-summer for harvesting in the fall and early winter.

Matures in 65 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Great raw flavour for salads
    • The bolting purple stems of overwintering plants are sweet
    • Perfect for steaming or stir fries
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 65 days

Size: 0.5g (approx. 157 seeds)

How To Grow: Kale contains higher levels of beta-carotene than any other green vegetable, and is also high in vitamin C and calcium. Collards are not far behind. All are easy to grow, vigorous, nutritious, resistant to cold, and easy to harvest and prepare. And the greens even get sweeter after frost. They are perfect for juicing and a long-lasting green that stores well, delicious in crunchy salads. Continue reading below for some expert tips on how to grow kale and collards.

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Season: Cool season
Exposure: Full-sun
Zone: Winter hardy to Zone 6.

Timing
Direct sow in early spring to mid-summer for summer to winter harvests. Or start indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost, and transplant out as soon as the soil warms up. Optimal soil temperature: 10-30°C (50-85°F). Seeds should germinate in 7-10 days.

Starting
Sow 3-4 seeds 5mm (¼”) deep in each spot you where a plant is to grow. Thin to the strongest plant. Space 45-60cm (18-24″) apart in rows 75-90cm (30-36″) apart.

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. Add lime to the bed 3 weeks prior to sowing. Kale likes well-drained, fertile soil high in organic matter. This plant prefers plentiful, consistent moisture. Drought is tolerable, but quality and flavor of leaves can suffer. Mix ¼ cup of complete organic fertilizer into the soil beneath each transplant, or use 1 cup beneath every 3m (10′) of seed furrow.

Days to maturity: From transplant date.

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.5. Aim for a soil with ample drainage and lots of organic matter. Add compost and lime at least 3 weeks prior to planting. One cup of balanced organic fertilizer per 3m (10′) of row will give adequate nutrition. Seedlings should be hardened off by reducing water and putting the plants outdoors 2 or 3 days before transplanting. This will help to prevent transplant shock and premature bolting. Regular watering is essential to prevent leaves from developing a bitter taste. 

Harvest
Kale and collards can both be grown as a cut and come again crop for salad mixes by direct-seeding and cutting when plants are 5-8cm (2-3″) tall. They will re-grow. Or pick leaves from the bottom up on mature plants as you need them. In spring, the surviving plants start to flower, so eat the delicious flowering steps and buds.

Seed Info
In optimal conditions at least 65% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 1 year. Per 100′ row: 240 seeds, per acre: 70M seeds.

Diseases & Pests
Protect from cabbage moths and other insect pests with floating row cover. Prevent disease with a strict 4-year crop rotation, avoiding planting Brassicas in the same spot more than once every four years.

Companion Planting
All Brassicas benefit from chamomile, dill, mint, rosemary, and sage. Avoid planting near eggplants, peppers, potatoes, or tomatoes, as the acidic soil these plants thrive in can cause problems for Brassicas.

Rating: 4.0 stars based on 1 reviews from westcoastseeds.com

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