Lot# KC27011 Siberian Dwarf Kale is an extremely vigorous and a cold hardy plant that can withstand light frost. It is an early variety of Kale that produces high yields of lightly crumpled deep green foliage. Leaves are crunchy and flavourful. Used fresh in salads and on sandwiches or cooked. Dwarf Siberian grows from a crown, like parsley or spinach does. The plant is upright and compact growing upward between 36-40cm (14-16”) tall. A solid pick for planting either in your garden or container planting.
You can plant Kale in a couple of different ways; the first method is to plant Kale about 3 weeks before last expected fall frost. Kale is most tender and delicious after a frost. Harvest can continue even after snow. Sow 3 seeds every 20cm (8"), 6mm-12mm (¼- ½") deep, 45cm (18") apart. Space rows 45-76cm (18-30") apart. Thin to the strongest plant per group. You can also direct sow Kale seeds as soon as the soil is able to be worked in the spring. Lastly, grow kale from transplants. Start 6-8 weeks before the last frost in the spring and sow 6mm-12mm (¼- ½") deep in pots. Transplant after last spring frost and plant 45cm (18") apart in rows 45-76cm (18-30") apart.
Height at Maturity: 36-40cm (14-16") tall. Spread: 30-40cm (12-16”) across.
Days to Maturity: 55-65 days for maturity. Can harvest leaves once plant can support harvesting.
Watering: An inch of water a week ensures good growth, whether vegetables are grown in single or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week affects how much you should water your garden.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: Thin to one plant every 45- 61cm (18-24”). Rows should be 45-76cm (18-30”) apart.
Additional Information Open pollinated-untreated seeds. For baby Kale leaves sow seeds 5-10cm 2-4" wide along a short row. Sow at approximately 60 seeds/ 30 cm (12”). Clip leaves at 4- 5 weeks old for baby kale. Kale requires good cultivation; mulch or hoe frequently to keep soil loose and weed-free. For earlier harvest, sow seeds indoors in a sunny spot or under plant lights 6 to 8 weeks before outdoor planting date- this works for both the spring and fall. Avoid planting in garden area where cabbage family was grown the year before. Withstands light frost.