Kale 'Dwarf Siberian'
Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Dwarf Siberian'
Also known as
Kale, Boerkool, Koolsop, Krulkool (Afr.)
This plant has no fragrance
Kale 'Dwarf Siberian' Overview
Brassica oleracea 'Dwarf Siberian' (Acephala Group) is a dwarf kale. This cultivar is highly nutritious and fast-growing winter crop that produces leaves with tightly curled or fringed edges. Dwarf Siberian is a Russian variety and a good choice for cold areas and is mostly resistant to disease. It is loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
Common problems with Kale 'Dwarf Siberian'
Kale doesn't have many diseases, but it can be bothered by the following pests: flea beetles, aphids, cutworms, cabbage loopers, slugs, snails, snoutbeetle and cabbage worms.
Kale 'Dwarf Siberian' Companion Plants
Potatoes, onions, sage, nasturtium, pelargoniums, dill, rosemary and borage
How to harvest Kale 'Dwarf Siberian'
Kale leaves can be harvested throughout the growing period once the plant is fully developed, usually within 50-65 days of planting. Harvest after at least one hard frost. Pick outer leaves as they develop or harvest the entire plant.
How to propagate Kale 'Dwarf Siberian'
Start seeds indoors 5-7 weeks before the last frost or outside 2-4 weeks before the last frost. Sow in early spring or late summer, 0.6-1 cm deep, 30-60 cm apart. Germination takes 5-17 days.
Special features of Kale 'Dwarf Siberian'
Dwarf Siberian Kale is a medium feeder that needs a moderate amount of nutrients. Rotate crops to discourage plant diseases like downy mildew and black rot.
Kale can be grown in a container provided it is at least 15 cm squared. Plant seeds or seedlings in the center of the pot.
Interesting edible leaves.
Other uses of Kale 'Dwarf Siberian'
The tender leaves are edible. The young leaves have a mild, baby spinach-like taste. Mature leaves have a deeper flavour. Good for salads, stews, soups or kale chips.