Organic Kale Seeds


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Kale is the ideal winter crop.  It copes well in with frost (frost sweetens the flavour), has a long growing season, and delivers loads of vitamins at the time of year when you need them the most.  Experiment with Russian Red and Green Curled Kale varieties - the contrast between the leaves look amazing in ornamental patio pots! 

Urban Bounty sells two types of organic Kale seed:

  • Green Curled Kale
  • Russian Red Kale

Each packet contains approximately 100 seeds - plenty for successive sowings that will keep your family in greens over winter.  

What is Kale (Russian Red and Green Curled)

Kale is an ancient ancestor of the Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts and Brassica family.  It originates from the Mediterranean and Asian Minor. Its cool-loving, ruffled leaves and thick stems look fantastic in winter gardens and even apartment pots.  

Russian Red and Green Curled Kale are Brassica Napus, which have gorgeous ruffled, curly leaves and will grow to about knee height.

The Russian Red is an heirloom variety that is becoming very hard to find.  It has ragged blue-green leaves and red stems and veins that add a pop of colour to the garden when the weather turns cold.

Green Curled Kale is a good reliable home garden variety with tight curls. It is less susceptible to clubroot and cabbage butterflies than many other varieties.

Culinary Uses for Kale

Young Kale leaves have a mild flavour and can be used as a garnish, a salad green or to add a twist to Tabbouleh (shred into fine ribbons).   Mature leaves have a stronger, earthier taste and crunchier texture.  Remove the thick stalk before sautéing, stemming or making into Kale Chips.  We love using the leaves on pizzas - caramelised red onions, roasted pumpkin, crispy Kale and Feta is a delicious combo.

Growing Conditions - Russian Red and Green Curled Kale   

Although Kale can survive in warmer conditions, it prefers cooler weather and is best planted in autumn, late winter or early spring.  Companion plant Kale with aromatic herbs like Thyme, Chamomile, Dill, Marjoram and Hyssop - they help keep the Cabbage Moths at bay.   Beans, Lettuce, Peas and Onions are also good companion planting options.  

This easy-care and hardy plant thrives in a sunny or partly shady spot with rich, free draining soil. It will tolerate frost and mild wind. The most important thing to remember, is not to let the plants dry out - water regularly if rainfall is low. 

Avoid feeding Kale too much fertiliser during the growing season as it can interfere with colour and cause the stems to elongate.  It is better to add a good layer of compost at planting time and place them in a spot where Peas and Beans were previously grown.  (The Kale will be able to take advantage of nitrogen the legumes have left behind.)

Expect your first crop of Kale about 8 weeks after planting.

Growing Instructions - Kale 

  • Sow: Early spring, autumn or winter
  • Sowing depth: 4 - 6 mm 
  • Spacing: 45 - 50 cm apart
  • Keep soil moist but not soggy
  • Germination: 4 - 19 days
  • Maturity: 70 - 100 days (depending on climate)
  • Protect from slugs, snails and cabbage moths  

      • We offer a replacement guarantee

        To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

        What will postage cost?

        Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

        Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

        If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

        If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

        How often do you dispatch?

        To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

        How do you package your products?

        We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


        Where do you deliver to? 

        We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

        South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

        While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

        We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

        Do you deliver to post office boxes?

        Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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