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Scarlet Kale

Scarlet Kale

Bunch of fresh red kale leaves isolated over a white background

Scarlet Kale

Scarlet Kale

Scarlet kale has deep red leaves packed with anthocyanins—antioxidants that help fight disease. This is a curly kale that produces an abundance of frilly leaves, and this plant just gets better with the cold. Scarlet kale is rich in nutrition and flavor, and is ornamental enough to sneak into your flower garden.

Sun Exposure

  • full sun (six to 12 hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.5

Hardiness Zones

  • zones 3 to 9
  • ideal temperature: 45 to 85 degrees F


  • thin to 8 inches apart
  • plant rows 2 feet apart


  • 1 to 1 1/2 inches per week


  • 65 to 80 days to maturity
  • direct sow or seedlings
  • cold hardy
  • plant after spring frost and eight weeks before fall frost
  • suitable for container growing
  • grows up to 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide
  • good in soups, stir-fry, and as roasted chips

Have you ever grown Scarlet kale? Please tell us about your experiences with Scarlet kale.


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