Featuring thick, sturdy leaves with an exquisite scarlet hue, this kale variety boasts ultra-curled and frilly foliage. Ideal for fresh salads when young, you can continue harvesting through mature growth. With a vigorous habit and excellent cold tolerance, it's an easy-to-grow favorite for many.
Planting Kale Seeds - Scarlet
When to Plant Kale Seeds
Kale is versatile and can be planted from early spring to early summer. Keep in mind that hot weather may impart a bitter taste. Late summer plantings allow for harvesting from fall until the ground freezes.
Where to Plant Kale Seeds
For optimal results, select well-drained, loamy soil. In cooler seasons, ensure the chosen area receives full sun, while in warmer seasons, opt for partial shade.
How to Plant Kale Seeds
Plant ¼ to ½ inch deep in your garden. Seeds will sprout best in soil around 70 degrees F. After 2 weeks, thin seedlings so they are spaced 8 to 12 inches apart. Water the plants regularly, but take care not to over water. Mulch the soil heavily after first freeze. The plants can sometimes produce leaves throughout the winter.
How to Harvest Kale
Harvest kale when the leaves reach the size of your hands. Avoid picking the central bud at the top to maintain productivity. Limit each harvest to about a fistful of leaves. Kale continues growing until temperatures drop to around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, with a hint of frost enhancing its flavor.