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Kale, Red Winter Organic

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More tender and delicious than other kales.

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Dark green, oak-shaped leaves have dark red-purple veins. More tender and delicious than other kales. Certified Organic Seed.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

50 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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Meet the Brassica family- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale
Planted in Spring or for Fall these fun favorites are packed with nutrition and are very easy to grow.
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How to Sow and Plant

Kale may be direct sown for a spring and fall crop, or purchased as transplants for a fall crop.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sow in full sun in early spring and in midsummer for fall crop.
  • In the Deep South, gulf, and pacific coast areas, sow from fall to early spring.
  • Plant seeds evenly and thinly and cover with ¼ inch of soil.
  • Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days.

Planting from Transplants in Fall:

  • Kale prefers rich, well-drained soil, and can tolerate some shade. Avoid areas where any member of the cabbage family grew the year before.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. Space plants 1 – 1½ feet apart in rows 2 feet apart.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. 
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area. While small, floating row covers will help to keep pests at bay.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Harvest kale after first frost if you prefer a sweeter flavor.
  • Pick the outer leaves as needed once they reach 6-8 inches long about 55-60 days after transplanting.
  • Leave the central bud since it will grow new leaves.
  • Store kale in an airtight bag in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Wash when ready to use.
  • Use kale as a substitute for lettuce, cooked cabbage and collards.
Days To Maturity
50 days
Full Sun
18 inches
24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
12 inches
Life Cycle
Kale, Red Winter Organic is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 50% About 50% germination. It was a weak in the beginning and seems to picking up last week. Too bad that the germination is so low. We planted it last year too and the result was similar. Overall, it taste nice
Date published: 2016-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only kale for me! I have planted red winter kale for 8 years at least. I start from seed & these plants produce some of the best kale I've ever eaten in mass quantity year after year this is by far a favorite. Planting 1/2 a 20 foot row is more than my family of 3 can eat I usually end up picking a 5 gallon bucket of very mature leaves every 2 weeks just for my compost, along with eating it every day. These plants produce the entire growing season. Burpee you've have to keep this one!!!!
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning and Delicious I planted Organic Red Winter Kale in my garden last summer. It's March now and my plants are beautiful, strong and healthy. Out of all the kale I have planted this one has held up the best, is delicious, and will have a spot in my garden year after year!
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amaazing. Red Kale Is a super food with super taste. You wanna blow your buds away? Boil or steam to your liking. Put your portion on a plate, cut it up. Add x virgin olive oil, lemon juice and sea or Himalayan salt. All table salts are for the garbage can. Also leave a few ounces of It's liquid on the plate. Don't skimp on the oil and lemon juice. Use plenty of both even the Himalayan salt Is healthy. Mix It up and blast your taste buds away! If you boil them, use as least amount of water because Kale Is full of It. Cool the rest and drink It down. Add the same to the liquid If you like but don't waste It, drink It. To your health!
Date published: 2013-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Productive! I've been pleasantly shocked at how much kale these plants have produced. We harvest a large bunch twice a week from plants which were late-winter seedlings. While I'm curious about other varieties, I won't go another year without planting these super stars!
Date published: 2012-08-21
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