The broad, frilly, purple leaves grow on 2-3' tall, upright stalks. This open-pollinated variety compares to Redbor with extreme uniformity in height, leaf shape, and color. Great for baby leaf and bunching, and can also be used as a bedding ornamental. Kale, Scarlet
(Brassica oleracea) Remarkably attractive dark green kale with red veined, frilly, tightly curled leaves.
We have found Scarlet to be a vigorous performer with good cold tolerance. Begin harvesting leaves when young, and allow plant to grow well into the early winter. 24-36" tall by 24" wide, 60 days from transplant.
Plant approx. 3 months before expected fall frost. Sow 3 seeds every 8", 1/4- 1/2" deep, in rows 18-30" apart. Thin to 1 plant/group. You can also grow kale from transplants, like cabbage. Beginning about 2 months after planting, harvest by clipping individual leaves.
For salad mix: In a 2-4" wide band sow 60 seeds/ft. Clip 4- to 5-week-old leaves. Kale and collards are very hardy, will increase in eating quality into late fall and will be harvestable through the winter in most areas. Use row cover in severe climates.