Siberian Dwarf- Kale Seeds
Days to Full Maturity: 60 Days
Non-GMO – Heirloom – High Germination Rate
Minimum Seed Count: 200
Dwarf Siberian Kale thrives in colder weather making it perfect for fall crops but also does well in warm climates. The leaves of this kale are ruffled and have a green and purple tone that is bursting with flavor. Dwarf Siberian Kale is very versatile and can be used in salads, steamed, stir-fry, soups, or as a colorful garnish. Kale also freezes well or could be stored in the fridge for a month if stems are dipped in water before storage. My favorite is sauteed in olive oil, garlic, and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Kale is highly nutritious and contains beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and calcium. Dwarf Siberian Kale is known for its antioxidant properties that are said to be anti-inflammatory. According to Wikipedia Kale contains sulforaphane which is said to have anti-cancer properties.
How to grow:
Since kale thrives in cool weather and is sweetened by frost, it grows best as a fall crop. For an earlier crop in areas with a cool summer, sow Dwarf Siberian kale seeds in early spring; plant three seeds in a cluster, 1/2″ deep and 16-18″ apart in rows 2-3′ apart. Thin the clusters to the strongest plant when the seedlings emerge. Kale appreciates very rich, moist soil that drains well since they taste best when allowed to grow quickly. For a fall crop, plant Dwarf Siberian kale seeds in the same way about three months before the first expected frost. Kale can be harvested by trimming leaves or harvesting the entire plant. For companion planting benefits, plant kale with cabbage or potatoes. Remember to apply much to help deter weeds. If planting in the fall or winter place a thick layer of mulch will help protect the plant sufficiently, even in colder climates and keep the soil moist, stop watering after the first frost. Tolerant of hot and cold weather.