Kale, Scarlet Kale, Brassica oleracea, Brassicaceae , 4in potted plant, Organic, Heirloom, GMO Free
4in Potted Plant
Name: Kale, Scarlet
Scientific Name: Brassica oleracea
Scarlet kale boasts cold hardy leaves, which are considered red and frilly. Perhaps one of the best all-around varieties, this one boasts not only good looks but good nutrition, pest resistance, and its slow to bolt! Leaves darken to deep scarlet in late season. Begin harvesting leaves when young, and allow plant to grow well into the early winter.
Origination: Eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor
Recommended Uses: Culinary
Height: 2-3 ft
Hardiness: zones: USDA 7-9
Flower Color: n/a
Maturity: 60 Days
Note: All varieties of kale prefer cool temperatures and will be sweetened by a touch of frost. Hot weather turns kale bitter.
Scarlet kale can take full to part sun, but preference depends on local climate.
A winter crop of kale in warmer climates can be much sweeter than a summer crop. Keep your kale plants well-watered. Along with cool temperatures, moist soil helps keep kale leaves sweet and crisp, rather than tough and bitter. Keep water off the leaves hower, this will help prevent against black rot.