Is kale cut and come again?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

Kale is indeed a cut-and-come-again plant. This means that you can harvest the leaves of kale multiple times without needing to replant the entire plant. It is a wonderful feature of kale that makes it a popular choice for home gardeners and farmers alike.

When it comes to harvesting kale, timing is important. Kale is a cool-season crop and is known for its ability to tolerate frost. In fact, some gardeners even say that kale tastes sweeter after a frost. You can start harvesting kale in the autumn when the leaves are young and tender. The exact timing may vary depending on your location and climate, but generally, autumn is a good time to start picking kale.

To harvest kale, you will need a sharp knife or pair of scissors. It is best to remove the outer leaves of the plant, as they tend to be older and may not have the same flavor and texture as the younger leaves. Look for leaves that are vibrant and healthy, avoiding any that are yellowing or starting to wilt. By removing the outer leaves, you allow the inner leaves to continue growing and regenerating.

When harvesting kale, it is important to be gentle and avoid damaging the plant. Hold the stem of the leaf you want to remove and cut it off near the base, being careful not to cut too close to the main stem. This will ensure that the plant can continue to grow and produce more leaves.

One of the great things about cut-and-come-again crops like kale is that they provide a continuous supply of fresh, homegrown produce. As long as you continue to care for the plant by providing it with adequate water, sunlight, and nutrients, it will keep producing new leaves for you to harvest.

In my personal experience, I have found kale to be an incredibly versatile and resilient plant. I have grown kale in my garden and have enjoyed the benefits of being able to harvest fresh leaves throughout the colder months. It is a joy to step outside and pick a handful of vibrant green kale leaves to use in salads, stir-fries, smoothies, and other dishes.

To summarize, kale is a cut-and-come-again plant, meaning you can harvest its leaves multiple times without replanting. Harvest the young, vibrant leaves with a sharp knife or scissors, leaving the mature or yellowing leaves behind. With proper care, kale will continue to produce new leaves, providing you with a continuous supply of this nutritious and delicious vegetable.