Once kale has flowered, will it continue to grow or die?

Asked May 25, 2015, 12:22 PM EDT

Once kale has flowered, will it continue to grow or die? Can you let it grow and continue to cut and use the leaves?

Montezuma County Colorado

1 Response

Kale is generally considered an annual (grows, flowers sets see in one year), although it may act like a biennial (vegetative growth the first year, flower/seed the following year after a chilling period). Once kale, or any other brassicaceae for that matter, has flowered, the leaves generally become very bitter. I doubt they will taste very good if your use purpose is to eat them.