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( White Russian Kale )
|'White Russian' Kale is generally ready for harvest 50 days after sowing. This variety has moderately frilled leaves with white and green mid-veins. Very sweet after a touch of frost. Collards have large, smooth leaves, where kale has smaller, ruffled leaves. Both are cool weather crops, planted in early spring or late summer. In milder areas such as the South, they are planted in the fall. Both are biennials, grown as annuals and like a soil pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Most commonly grown from transplants, it is possible to grow from seed where cool season is long. Work 1 pound of complete fertilizer in to the soil at a rate of 1 pound/100 square feet. Set transplants out so that they are 12 inches apart. If transplants are leggy, plant them up to there first leaves. Rows should be 2 feet apart. Plant seed 1/2 inch deep and 3 inches apart. Thin to 12 inches as soon as you can. Harvest by taking the outside leaves first, leaving the inside ones to grow, or as many farmers do, cut off the entire top at once.
Important Info : For transplants, time from planting to harvest is about 55 days and 75 days for plants started from seed. Both Collards and Kale taste best when "kissed" by a frost just prior to harvesting.
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