Brassica oleracea ‘Ragged Jack’

Brassica oleracea ‘Ragged Jack’

Kale

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

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Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Brassica oleracea 'Ragged Jack'
  • Common name: Kale
  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
Flower colour:

Yellow

Also known as ‘Russian Red’, Brassica oleracea ‘Ragged Jack’ is a pre-1885 heirloom variety, originally from Siberia but introduced to Canada by Russian traders. It bears oak-leaf type, frilly, tender leaves with a red tinge and purple-red stems. They’re sweet enough to eat raw in salads or stewed for a multitude of other uses. Pretty and unfussy, it’s well-suited to growing in an ornamental border in the garden. If allowed to flower it can be a vital source of nectar and pollen for early bees, and will self-seed readily.

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Sow Brassica oleracea ‘Ragged Jack’ in modules, and transplant 6-8 weeks later, planting them firmly together in moist but well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. Weed and water well until fully established. 

How to grow Brassica 'Ragged Jack'

  • Plant size

    35cm height

    35cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

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Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

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Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

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Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

Do not Collect seeds in February

Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do Collect seeds in May

Do Collect seeds in June

Do not Collect seeds in July

Do not Collect seeds in August

Do not Collect seeds in September

Do not Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Harvest
Harvest

Do Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

Do not Harvest in April

Do not Harvest in May

Do not Harvest in June

Do not Harvest in July

Do not Harvest in August

Do not Harvest in September

Do Harvest in October

Do Harvest in November

Do Harvest in December

Brassica 'Ragged Jack' and wildlife

Brassica 'Ragged Jack' is known for attracting bees. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Brassica 'Ragged Jack' poisonous?

Brassica 'Ragged Jack' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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