Botanical Interests Organic Red Winter Kale
Red Winter is an improved version of Red Russian Kale. This rare strain of kale has VERY tender, sweet leaves compared to other kales. The reddish-purple stems and veins, wavy margins, and foliage that resembles oak leaves makes Red Winter almost dramatic-looking in the garden! Young leaves are very attractive in salads and mesclun mixes. It makes a nice garnish and can be used in any dish that calls for kale.
When to plant outside: Early spring when soil temperatures are at least 60 degrees for a late spring/summer crop, in late summer for a fall crop, or (in USDA zone 7 or warmer) you can sow in fall for a winter or very early spring crop. Seed can also be sown in successive plantings every 3 weeks starting in early spring.
When to start inside: 10 weeks before the average last spring frost and transplant outdoors 6-8 weeks later.
Special Sowing & Germination Instructions: Easy to grow from seed. Thin seedlings by pinching off plant at soil surface, thus decreasing damage to other seedlings. Protect seedlings with caps in early spring if temperatures fall below 30 degrees. Rotate crops, so you don't have any members of the mustard family in the same place more than once every three years. (Mustard family incudes: alyssum, iberis, nasturtium, arugula, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, and mustard).
Harvesting: Kale can be harvested two ways: 1) Cut the entire plant off at ground level 6-8 weeks after seeding or 2) strip the lower leaves off the plant periodically. Plants often over winter outside (even in the north). Mulch thickly when the ground freezes, and you can harvest again in early spring.
Contents: Brassica - oleracea
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At Botanical Interests our goal is to inspire AND educate so that you can create beautiful and successful gardens.
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About Botanical Interests
Curtis and Judy met while waiting to interview for the same horticultural job and soon found they shared a boundless enthusiasm for gardening. Botanical Interests began out of their mutual passion and personal desire for better quality seed and more informational tools to help and inpire gardeners.
"We wanted a level of purity and quality that wasn't easy to find," recalls Curtis. So they searched out the highest quality seed available and began their business in 1997, in the spare bedroom of their Colorado home. The business objectives they established then still hold strong for them now: to inspire and educate gardeners; to provide high quality seed to their customers; and to create an enjoyable work place for employees.
Over the years, Judy and Curtis' family has grown along with their line of seeds which now attracts and pleases customers nationwide.