Brassica oleracea 'Red Russian'


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Plant type

Hardy annual





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Plant details

Red Russsian' has grey-green feathery leaves and purple stems. It can be grown in the border where it perks things up in winter, and doubles as a cut-and-come-again vegetable for stir fries and salads. Sow in modules, and transplant 6-8 weeks later, planting them firmly together. Weed and water well until established, but then cut back on watering or you'll end up with lush growth that might get killed in winter. Remove all flower shoots. Kale is the hardiest winter vegetable.

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Brassica

Species: oleracea

Cultivar: Red Russian

Plant type: Hardy annual

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: May to May

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