The Q&A Archives: Flowering Kale

Question: This is my first time for flowering kale. How deep should the plant be planted? How long do they last? Do they need daily watering?
Thank You, PBender

Answer: Ornamental kale is a perfect fall and winter annual. It grows best in cool weather and will provide lots of color, even when it snows. Plant at the same soil level as they were growing in the containers. New leaves will emerge from the center of the plant and some of the oldest leaves will deteriorate. Remove these oldest leaves to keep the plants looking neat and clean. You may eventually find the plants produce long, bare stems. You can disguise this with a thick layer of mulch under the plants, or with low growing annuals such as pansies. If your kale experiences weather that is too warm, it may begin to bolt (send up a flowering stalk). If you see one emerging, cut it off immediately. Doing so will extend the life of your kale. Water often enough to keep the soil from drying out. Daily would be too frequent. Aim for once or twice a week (depending upon soil).

Enjoy your ornamental kale!

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