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  6. When Kale goes to seed can I still eat the leaves?
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Asked by Anonymous on July 2, 2011
Kale

I went to market to buy Kale or (Romental Kale) and the man sold me curly. Will it turn into a flowering one? I’m going to eat them anyway if they don’t. They are beautiful now, but I really wanted the ones that bloom with flowers of color.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Your curly kale will bloom, but there's no way for me to say what color they'll be.

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Asked by Anonymous on October 28, 2011
Kale – Winter Care

I live in the Seattle area. I planted Russian Kale in early spring as part of an ‘edible garden. ‘ It has grown well, and about 28 inches tall, with leaves that start about 12-14 inches up from a thick stalk. Should I just leave it through the winter or prune it in some way?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

We would recommend that you not prune it now. Pruning now could cause it to send out new growth, which would make it more vulnerable to cold damage.

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Asked by dkmeadows on March 22, 2012
Our Kale Coming Back From Last Year

Our kale from last year appears to be going to seed, and it is early spring. What do we do, remove the flowers or cut them off?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Typically, once bolting occurs, there is little you can do for the plants. You can, however, cut the flowers to collect the seeds. For future reference, these articles may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/what-is-bolting-what-it-means-when-a-plant-bolts.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/kale/growing-kale.htm

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Asked by debbie08094 on March 25, 2012
Can I Keep Winter Cabbages if Winter Is Over?

Can I keep winter cabbages if winter is over?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, as long as you have conditions that it will grow in, you can continue to grow them.

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Asked by dkmeadows on June 4, 2012
Kale Gone to Seed

When Kale has gone to seed, do you cut off the stalks or leave them?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Cut them. Unfortunately, once bolted the plant may not be any good. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/what-is-bolting-what-it-means-when-a-plant-bolts.htm

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Asked by Marthab on August 20, 2012
When Kale Goes to Seed Can I Still Eat the Leaves?

When kale goes to seed, can I still eat the leaves?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If it is beginning to flower, then the plant is bolting and will not be any good for anything else except its greens. So, yes, you may still enjoy the leaves.

Here is more information on bolting: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/what-is-bolting-what-it-means-when-a-plant-bolts.htm

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Asked by hartford on October 14, 2012
Can You Winter Kale Outdoors

I planted my kale around the end of September and it is just now starting to grow shoots. Can I somehow mulch it or something so that it will grow again next spring?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, in milder regions kale can survive over winter. I am not sure how well it will do in your area but it is always worth a try, so go ahead and mulch the plants well. If you can possibly provide additional protection with row covers, that would likely be better.

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