Will flowering cabbage / kale come back next year?????

flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)April 13, 2006

Hi if you cut down flower stalks (i.e. don't let go to flower/seed) on flowering cabbage/kale will it return???? Thanks. I have some cabbage/kale left over from winter that looks like it is about to send up a flower stalk. :)

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Yes you could get another year out of them. Al

    Bookmark   April 16, 2006 at 9:32AM
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flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)

Thanks. :)

    Bookmark   April 20, 2006 at 5:02PM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

I don't think that's likely in zone 6! Kale is an annual. An annual is a plant that completes it's life cycle in one season...like marigolds, lettuce, tomatoes.
There there are the biennials ( and I suspect Kale is in this category although it's called an annual) like parsley. It produces leaves and survives a winter, puts up a flower stalk the next spring and dies.....even if you cut off the flower stalk.
I would see what it does....but if you want some kale this fall, plant new.
Linda C

    Bookmark   April 20, 2006 at 5:24PM
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merrygardens(z5 MI)

They are actually quite nice as early season flowering plants. The flowers make them quite tall, and pair well with bulbs and lower plants e.g. pansies. I did a double take the first time I saw them, and it took awhile to figure out what they were!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2006 at 12:09PM
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