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An Italian type of curly kale sometimes known as Black Russian.Tight, long and heavily blistered leaves of dark green.
WHEN TO SOW
May to June
Where to Sow
Sow seeds thinly in a well prepared seed bed in shallow drills 1.5cm (1/2″) deep in short rows. Alternatively sow the seeds thinly in seed trays or two seeds per cell in modules under glass at 13°C.
What to do Next
Outdoor sowings should be thinned out to 7-10cm (3-4in) apart , then once plants are large enough , lifted and transplanted to their final planting positions 45cm (18in) apart and 60cm (24in) between the rows to grow on to maturity. As soon as glasshouse seedlings show their first pair of leaves, prick off into trays 5cm (2″) apart or thin modules to one seedling per cell. Gradually harden off before planting out when about 15cm (6″) tall to the same spacings as detailed above.
September to February
This is a low growing variety so always pick leaves from the bottom of the stem first to prolong the cropping period.
Pro-vitamin A, vitamin C, iron & folic acid, and calcium.