Kale KX -1
Kale KX -1. A stunning variety that can be grown as baby leaves for salads or harvested at full maturity. Kale ‘KX-1’ is distinctive for its bright red, serrated, curly leaves which darken to deep purple-red with maturity. This showy vegetable is particularly high in iron making it a nutritious addition to your dinner plate. From successional sowings you can harvest tasty Kale leaves from summer all the way through to spring!
Height: 75cm (30″). Spread: 50cm (20″).
March – June
June – March
How to sow
For salad leaves Kale can be sown indoors all year round. Harvest 30 days from sowing during summer and up to 60 days during winter months. For mature plants, sow Kale seed from March to June. Direct sow outdoors into a well prepared seedbed, for transplanting to their final positions later on. Sow at a depth of 1cm (½”) and distance of 23cm (9″) between rows. Kale plants can be transplanted to their final positions approximately 5 weeks from sowing.
Grow kale in firm, rich fertile, well drained soil in sun or semi shade. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Apply lime to acid soils to reduce the acidity and lessen the risk of clubroot. When transplanting kale, plant it slightly deeper in the ground than it was in the seedbed. Plant kale at a distance of 60cm (24″) apart and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.
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