Sowing Guide

How to Sow Scarlet Purple Kale Seeds

How to Sow Scarlet Purple Kale Seeds

Scarlet purple kale produces an abundance of tall, edible fleshy stems. Full of curled, purple vine leaves. Which will deepen in colour, in cooler weather climates. If left, scalet kale will produce leaves throughout winter. Reaching a maximum height of over 120cm, each seed has the potential to produce a large supply of kale. By only selectively harvesting, the plant will continue to grow, ensuring a consistent supply. Kale plants are very tolerable to frost, which makes it the perfect winter vegetable to grow. Typically harvested for a large variety of international and British cuisine.

Guide for Growing Scarlet Purple Kale from Seed

  • If sufficient space is available, start kale seeds indoors. Behind glass, in a conservatory or on a windowsill. Maintaining a temperature of between 15 and 23 degrees.
  • Sow around 1/2″ deep in a good quality compost. Kale plants like to pull nutrients from the soil, using a good compost will aide growth. Using a well rotted manure will help, if sowing directly in the ground.
  • Scarlet purple kale can be sown later on in the year, between April and June as it is a late season crop. Start seeds in rows outdoors, ensuring the soil has been worked well.
  • For best germination rates, test the ph of your soil or compost. Kale seeds will germinate best when the ph is between 6-7.
  • The germination period takes between 3 to 10 days, kale seedlings will become much more hardy as they grow. If starting indoors, transplant outside once seedlings reach over 3 inches. Very tolerable to frost and varying weather conditions.

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