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Scarlet Kale

Scarlet Kale


$ 2.79

(Brassica oleracea) Unique variety produces lovely, scarlet colored leaves with frilled edges.  I've discovered that the red coloring seems to offer some camoflage against hungry rabbits.  While our green kale plants occasionally get eaten by rabbits (or chickens), I've never seen the scarlet kale get hit.  Last week, (as I write, it's December in Iowa) I finally pilled the last plants and threw them in the chicken coop.  Nearly a week later, they've barely touched them, but they have devoured the green kale I threw in with them.  This variety is well worth a try if you have rabbit/chicken issues, or if you just like beautiful, good-tasting kale.  60 days to harvest.  Approx. 100 seeds/pkt.

CULTURE:  Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost.  Plant seeds 1/4" deep in pre-moistened seed starting mix.  Set transplants outdoors just before the last frost, spacing plants 24" in all directions.  Baby leaves can be harvested approximately one month after transplanting and mature leaves can be harvested at approximately two months.  When harvesting, it is best to clip off individual leaves so the growing tip is not damaged.  Plants will tolerate a good deal of frost and their flavor will sweeten with cold weather.

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