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

Posted by flowersandthings MidAtlantic 6/7 (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 13, 06 at 16:39

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

Yes you could get another year out of them. Al


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

Thanks. :)


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

  • Posted by lindac Iowa Z 5/4 (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 20, 06 at 17:24

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


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

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!


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