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Organic Non-GMO Kale & Collard Seeds::Organic Non-GMO Kale::Organic Ripbor F1 Hybrid Kale

Organic Ripbor F1 Hybrid Kale  Organic Non-GMO Ripbor F1 Kale - HYBRID

Superior commercial variety with compact frame and blue-green, ruffled leaves. Very similar to Winterbor with a more compact habit, shorter node lengths, and rapid re-growth. Strong leaves keep a uniform size, slightly smaller than Winterbor, making great bunches that fit nicely in a box. Resists yellowing and leaf drop. Uniform leaf size. (B. oleracea.)

Days to maturity: 65 days
SKU Description Our price
2532A 50 Seeds $5.25 Out of stock for 2015
2532B 250 Seeds $5.25 Out of stock for 2015
2532M001 1 M $5.25 Out of stock for 2015
2532M005 5 M $5.25 $27.36/M Out of stock for 2015
2532M025 25 M $5.25 $23.90/M Out of stock for 2015

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Organic Kale Comparison Chart

Item CodeVariety NameHeirloomDays to MaturityStandout Characteristics
2530Red Russian21 days baby, 50 full sizepurple stems, slate-green foliage, deeply lobed, tender and smooth texture, sweet, this strain is excellent for baby leaf
2528White Russian 21 days baby leaf, 50 full sizeexcellent taste, sweet, tender, hardy, tolerates wet soils
2521Vates 30 days baby, 55 full size dark blue-green, compact dwarf curly kale reaches 2' tall, good for late harvest or over-wintering, good resistance to yellowing
2520Lacinato (Dinosaur)30 days baby leaf, 60 full size blue-green color, unique kale variety, bumpy leaf surface, this strain was improved by Frank Morton for superior vigor, yield and hardiness
2522Dwarf Green Curled 50 dayscompact habit with tightly curled leaves and excellent flavor. Extremely cold hardy and high yielding, 18" tall
2523Meadowlark 50 dayslong, narrow leaves with sweet mild flavor, tight curls and tender texture; easy to de-rib. Very frost tolerant
2526Westlander 50 daysvery uniform stands; loosely curled tender leaves with aromatic flavor. Very cold-hardy; similar to Ripbor
2542Curly Roja55 daysclosest variety to Redbor F1, plants 16-18" tall, beautiful color and texture, holds well post-harvest
2525Olympic Red 55 daysfrosty blue-green leaves with purple stems. Extremely cold-hardy with good PM tolerance. Tall, open habit
2535Siberian 60 dayswhite stems, ruffled light blue-green foliage, very tender makes it the best kale for raw use, extremely hardy, rapid growth, flavor is nice all-season but improves with light frost
2532Ripbor F1 65 dayssuperior commercial variety, compact plant with shorter node lengths, ruffled blue-green foliage, rapid re-growth, uniform leaf size, strong leaves, great for bunching, resists yellowing and leaf drop

Organic Kale & Collards - Growing and Seed Saving Info

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Kale & Collards
Kale and collards are hardy biennials that will overwinter in milder climates, and improve in flavor with the onset of cold weather. They are in the Brassicaceae family, sharing species name Brassica oleracea with cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi.  
  • Scotch - Deeply curled and wrinkled leaves. Very hardy.
  • Siberian or Russian – Flat leaves with lobed edges. Most tender.
  • Lacinato – Dark green savoyed blade shaped leaves.
  • Collards – More heat tolerant. Giant round leaves.
Soil  and Nutrient Requirements
Kale and Collards thrive in well drained fertile soil high in organic matter, with pH 6.0- 7.5. They can tolerate slightly alkaline soil. A general guideline is 2-3 lbs of 8-16-16 fertilizer over 100 sq ft of garden area two weeks before planting.  If boron is not present in your soils, consider adding 1 Tbs per 100 sq ft.
Full sun is best, although light shade can help plants tolerate hot weather.
Seeding Depth
Plant Spacing
Babyleaf- Direct seeding: ~60seeds/ft in 2-4" bands; Full Size-  12-18”
Row Spacing
18-30” for full size
When to Sow
Days to maturity are from direct seeding, subtract 2 weeks if transplanting. Direct sow as soon as soil can be worked or start transplants 4 weeks before planting date. Plant baby leaf every 4-5 weeks for a continual harvest. Sow fall plantings two months before first expected frost for full size and up until frost for baby leaf.
Frost Tolerant
Yes. Kale is very hardy, withstanding even a hard freeze. Cold weather causes kale to become very sweet.
Drought Tolerant
Kale can tolerate drought, but the quality and flavor of the leaves will suffer.
Heat Tolerant
Collards are a better choice than kale for hot weather.
Seed Specs
5,625-9,375 seeds/oz (7,500 avg), 90-150M seeds/lb (116M avg).
Seeding Rate
Babyleaf- 116 M seeds/100’ bed (1 lb), 1.6MM seeds/1,000’ bed (10 lbs) using ~1,000 seeds/ ft in 16 rows on a 36” bed. Full Size- 68M seeds/acre (12oz) using 3 seeds/10”, 30” row spacing. M=1,000, MM=1,000,000
Harvest full size leaves when desired. Kale flavor sweetens after light frosts. Kale and collards are both very cold hardy, overwintering in most climates to some degree.
Cool leaves in cold water at harvest and store in plastic in fridge. In late fall, cut the heart of the plant and store just above freezing in a plastic bag for a few weeks.
Pest Info
Kale and collards do not usually suffer too much from pest damage, but they are subject to the same insect pests as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.
  • Insect pests, including cabbage looper, imported cabbage worm, and diamondback moth are largely of the Lepidoptera order and can thus be controlled by Bacillus thuringiensis (such as Dipel DF) and/or spinosad, preferentially in rotation with one another to prevent build-up of resistant individuals. 
  •  Flea beetles chew small holes in the leaves and are most detrimental when plants are young; use row cover (make sure edges are sealed) or application of Pyganic™, neem or capsaicin products to control populations.
Disease Info
In general, kale and collards do not suffer much from disease. They can be affected by Black Rot, caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris and Club root, caused by the soil borne fungus Plasmodiophora Brassica.  Prevention includes resistant varieties, crop rotation, removal or tillage of plant debris, eliminating cruciferous weeds, and handling plants in dry conditions.
Seed Saving Instructions
Insect pollinated biennial. Different kale varieties must be isolated by Ό mile in order to prevent cross pollination. Closer distances may be adequate if tree lines, woods or buildings are in between the different gardens. Allow plants to flower and set seed pods. Seeds are mature when black and the pods have begun to dry. Take care during seed harvest because the pods shatter readily when dry. Use a 1/8" screen to help with cleaning. Kale seed remains viable for 4-5 years under cool and dry storage conditions.

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