How tall should I let my kale grow?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

The height at which you should let your kale grow depends on your intended use for the plant. Kale typically grows to a height of 22 to 36 inches, but the ideal height for harvest can vary depending on your preferences.

If you are looking to harvest baby greens, it is best to harvest the kale when it reaches a height of around 8 to 10 inches. At this stage, the leaves are tender and have a milder flavor, making them perfect for salads or sautéing. Harvesting at this height also encourages the plant to produce more leaves, allowing for multiple harvests throughout the growing season.

However, if you prefer mature kale leaves, you can let the plant grow taller. Mature kale leaves have a stronger flavor and are often used in soups, stews, or as a cooked side dish. To accommodate the larger leaves, you will need a larger container or garden space to allow the kale to reach its full height potential.

When growing kale, it is important to consider the space available and the container size. Crowding the plants can lead to stunted growth and decrease overall productivity. If you plan to grow kale in a container, opt for a larger one to allow for ample growth and root development.

In terms of seed selection, ‘Red Winter’ kale seeds are a great choice for growing kale. Burpee offers organic seeds, ensuring that you are using a sustainable and environmentally friendly option. It is always recommended to choose organic seeds whenever possible to avoid exposure to harmful pesticides and chemicals.

In my personal experience, I have found that harvesting kale at different heights can provide a variety of flavors and textures. I enjoy harvesting baby greens for salads and smoothies, while the mature leaves are perfect for hearty cooked dishes. Experimenting with different harvest heights can help you discover your preferred taste and texture.

To summarize, the height at which you should let your kale grow depends on your intended use. For baby greens, harvest when the plant reaches around 8 to 10 inches. If you prefer mature leaves, let the plant grow taller, but ensure you have a large enough container or garden space to accommodate its size. Consider using organic seeds like ‘Red Winter’ from Burpee for a sustainable and chemical-free growing experience. Happy gardening!