Overwintered Kale

Asked February 23, 2020, 6:14 PM EST

Last Fall I decided to overwinter my kale plants which were two plants each and needing to be separated and replanted. The plants were "just sitting there" two weeks ago but they seem to be budding up to flower! Should we eat some leaves and buds or leave the buds alone?

Lane County Oregon

1 Response

Once they start to flower they lose quality as far as eating goes. The stems become tougher and the leaves more bitter. You can let them flower and the bees will love them or pull them up and put in some new plants to enjoy later. It is not a safety issue to eat them but the quality is not as great as before they bloomed.

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Nellie Oehler