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Improved Dwarf Siberian Kale

Improved Dwarf Siberian Kale

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Improved Dwarf Siberian

65 days — 'Improved Dwarf Siberian' kale plants reach about fifteen inches in height and have large, deeply cut, frilled leaves that are bluish-green in color. Harvested at the young, immature stage, they are also excellent for baby greens.

A very old variety, the exact history of 'Improved Dwarf Siberian' kale is a bit elusive. 'Siberian' kale was mentioned by Vilmorin as early as 1856[1], it first shows up in American seed catalogs in the 1880s where is it also referred to as "German Greens," but by 1890, companies began listing it as 'Improved Siberian' and 'Improved Dwarf Siberian'.[2,3] Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 250 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Kale grows best in cool weather. When established, it will tolerate frost. Can be sown in garden as soon as danger of hard frost is past.

Sow seeds ½ inches deep, one inch apart, in rows 24 inches apart. Cover with loose soil. Thin plants to about twelve inches. Avoid disease by not planting where other Brassica (cole crops) plants have grown in the past year or two.

Provides a continuous supply of tasty leaves if you pick from the bottom up. It is cold hardy and the flavors become sweeter and more complex after a hard frost.
Informational References:
  1. "Les Plantes Potagères," Vilmorin-Andrieux & Cie, 1856, page 84.
  2. "Jas. M. Thorburn & Cos. Annual Descriptive Catalog," J. M. Thorburn & Co., New York, 1890.
  3. "Frank S. Platt's Annual Descriptive Catalogue of Seeds," Frank S. Platt, New Haven Connecticut, 1894.