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How do you trim kale?
Do you cut or pull kale?
Kale is ready to harvest when the leaves are about the size of your hand. Pick about a fistful of outer leaves per harvest, but no more than one-third of the plant at one time. Avoid picking the terminal bud (at the top center of the plant), which helps to maintain the plant's productivity.
Can you top kale plants?
Does kale grow tall?
How to Grow Kale
|Common Name||Kale, ornamental kale|
|Plant Type||Annual/biennial, vegetable|
|Mature Size||1–2 ft. tall and wide|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun, partial sun|
|Soil Type||Loamy, moist, well-drained|
Can you cut the top off kale?
Cut back several mature plants in spring.
As noted above, lopping off the top of a mature kale plant encourages vigorous new growth. These small leaves will provide enough greens for late winter or early spring salads while you await the next crop's tender bounty.
How do you harvest kale and spinach?
Harvest kale leaves when the outer leaves are about 10 inches long. Harvest spinach when the leaves are 4 to 7 inches long. Remove only the outer leaves so the inner leaves can continue to grow and produce more greens.
Is bolted kale OK to eat?
ANSWER: If your kale plant is bolting early, there is not a lot that you can do to stop the process. However, if you nip the flower head off, the plant will most likely develop more flowering side shoots that you can harvest and eat them like you would sprouting broccoli.
Can you eat kale once it flowers?
But more important, these are flowers you can, and should, eat. You'll be glad you did. When the brassica vegetables bolt after the long winter, the flowers they produce are tender and delicious.