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Russian Red or Ragged Jack Kale
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  • Russian Red or Ragged Jack Kale
  • Russian Red or Ragged Jack Kale
  • Russian Red or Ragged Jack Kale
  • Russian Red or Ragged Jack Kale

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Russian Red or Ragged Jack Kale (250 seeds) (KA103) $2.50
BULK SEED 1 oz (KA103C) $4.50

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Russian Red or Ragged Jack Kale

         
 
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Very tender and mild, a pre-1885 heirloom variety. Oak type leaves have a red tinge, and stems are a purplish-red. One of our favorite kales. Great flavor.
 
Russian Red or Ragged Jack Kale
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 42
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Lazy High Elevation Gardener
Location:
Golden, CO, United States
Date:
October 15, 2017
          5.0
 
Best Tasting Kale
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? easy to grow, tastes good

What are the cons? nothing

Review:

Thank you Baker Creek! When I moved to Colorado I was disappointed I could not purchase red russian kale in the grocery store or farmers market. To my delight it grows very well from seed here. It survived our first freeze, but when temps dipped into the low 20's really suffered. It did end up with some aphids, they didn't seem to bother with the dino or scotch kales, but next year I will try companion planting with nasturtium.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
KimberWolf
Location:
Longmont, CO, United States
Date:
October 2, 2017
          5.0
 
One of my favorites this year
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Super hardy

What are the cons? Spreads really wide

Review:

This is a variety I'll grow yearly after trying it this year. It weathered some harsh mountain climate extremes with aplomb, from late-season snow storms to scorching droughts. Crab spiders were the only things necessary to keep the bugs in check on them this year. Grew twice as fast as my dinosaur kale and produces much wider, tastier leaves. Did have a tendency to spread out and shade out other plants, but I was kind of crowding my garden because it is small. A real keeper!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Marisha
Location:
Boston, MA, United States
Date:
July 30, 2017
          5.0
 
Great Tasting Kale
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Good taste, not bitter

What are the cons? None, really. Bugs like it.

Review:

This is a great variety for people who like a softer textured kale and less bitter taste than the ones in the grocery store. We pick leaves when they're about 5-10 inches and use them for salads and sauteed greens, and this is great for both. It grows back quickly so you can have salads every day if you grow a small plot (3' x 3') of plants. It grows very well in deeper containers, but in the ground, the bugs and rabbits here seem to get to it more readily. Don't put it in shallow containers because it doesn't grow very high when roots are crowded. I've also noticed that it seems to like acidic soil, as the one seed that fell near my blueberries grew very fast!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Lydia
Location:
Clarksville, IN, United States
Date:
May 15, 2017
          5.0
 
Love this kale
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Winter crop, hardy, productive

What are the cons? None

Review:

I planted this in November in zone 6b, with a plastic cold frame I bought on Amazon for about $30. I had never gardened in the ground before (experimented previous summer with window boxes). I dug a hole in the ground and filled it back in with store bought garden soil and native soil, direct sowed kale seeds, watered when I thought to. Pretty soon I was thinning baby kale and eating it straight out of the cold frame. The kale grew all winter, survived being actually frozen many times, and is very mild. I eat it raw or use it like spinach. Now it's May, the kale is about 3.5' tall, I'm giving it away constantly or looking for recipes for large amounts of it (like using it like collards, cooking it down). I'm amazed by this stuff, it gives and gives, and I barely even water it. Bugs have eaten some lower leaves, but it's so prolific I don't care. The experience has spoiled me on gardening, everything else I've planted requires more attention. Buy this kale, you won't be disappointed!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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10 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Oregon mama
Location:
Beaverton, OR, United States
Date:
December 30, 2016
          3.0
 
Slugs were happy
Easy to Grow 1.5
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Sounds great

What are the cons? Slug city

Review:

I never had a fighting chance against the slugs so it must have been delicious. As gross and enraging as slugs are, they do have good taste in veggies. They thought it was so delicious that instead of being long gone by morning (they are master hiders) I would find the slugs lolling in the dirt after their all-night kale binge. I've developed pretty good organic slug defenses since I'm in Oregon but in October/November this was the only thing on their menu and they were not to be deterred.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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