Kale

Improved Dwarf Siberian Kale

Improved Dwarf Siberian Kale

KL357

B. oleracea var. fimbriata 50 days. We are impressed with the high marks this variety continues to earn in our kale trials. It maintains a wonderful kitchen-ready quality in the garden long after most other overwintered kales bolt. Frilly dark green leaves form a cold-tolerant, 24 inch rosette at maturity. Excellent steamed and in stir-fries.

Winter Growing Information

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 300 seeds per gram.
  • KL357/S
  • 1 gram
  • $2.75

  • KL357/P
  • 5 grams
  • $3.85

  • KL357/B
  • 1/2 oz
  • $5.95

  • KL357C1
  • 1 oz
  • $7.45

  • KL357C2
  • 1/4 lb
  • $12.90

  • KL357C3
  • 1 lb
  • $24.15
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  • Customer Reviews (2)
Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
55-75°F5-171/4"12-24"4-6"18-36"75%3 years≈ 300Medium


Brassica oleracea, Acephala Group: Fast becoming known as the "Queen of Greens", kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on earth. Kale is a true super food rich in carontenoids and flavonids, which are two powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals and are reported to specifically fight against the formation of cancerous cells. One cup of kale has just 36 calories, zero grams of fat, a whopping 684% of RDA of K, 206% of A, and 134% of C vitamins.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding; subtract 15 days if transplanting.

Culture
• Kale is a cool-season crop that performs best in spring and fall
• In wet climates, ensure adequate plant spacing to reduce pest and disease isssues

Direct Sowing
• Cover seed with loose soil, vermiculite, or sifted compost and water evenly

Transplanting
• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Work in 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer around each plant

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: See Brassica Insect Information below
Common diseases: Leaf spot, black rot, fungal diseases, mold, mildew, club root
Disease prevention: Dispose of diseased material, proper crop rotation of 3-4 years, apply Greencure® for mildews

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest leaves from the bottom up at any size
• Cool weather and frost brings out best flavor
• Store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity

Brassica Insect Information
Aphids: Control aphids with ladybugs, or a hard spray of water, Azatrol, Neem oil or Pyrethrin. Also, select varieties that mature later in the season when aphid populations decline.
Cabbage worms, loopers, and root maggots: The first sign of cabbage worms will be off-white butterflies fluttering near the plants. They lay their yellowish-colored eggs on the undersides of leaves, which hatch into caterpillars that can cause severe root and head damage. To control light infestations, spray plants with Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.). For heavy infestations, bait cabbage worms by mixing wheat bran into a B.t. solution. Add 1 tablespoon of molasses. Broadcast the bran mixture around the base of plants. Reapply as necessary. Using Reemay or Grow Guard 20 can also provide control.
Flea beetles: Flea beetles chew tiny pinholes in leaves. Early control is essential to minimize the damage. Spray infected plants with Pyrethrin. Using floating row covers such as Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Symphylans: In some areas of the US, symphylans (also known as garden centipede) can severely impede the plant growth of many crops. Only 1/4 inch long, white, and very active, they eat the root hairs of developing plants. Using larger transplants helps reduce damage. Contact your local county extension agent if you suspect you have a problem.
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Best Tasting Kale
Jun 24, 2016  |  By Christine
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This is the best tasting kale I have grown. A wonderful kale flavor without the bitterness. And very productive.
Favorite so Far!
Sep 13, 2014  |  By Leanna
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I love this kale! It was sooo easy to grow and has fed me more than anything else I've planted. I have half of a 4X4 square planted with this kale as well as Red Russian kale and it is a lovely, ruffly, satisfying and nutritious green. I can cut a big sack of it and munch for days and it grows back quickly. I'm so happy with it!