Does Kale Regrow After Cutting? (A How-to Guide)

Does Kale Regrow After Cutting? (A How-to Guide)

Now that your kales have grown and you want to harvest but you aren’t too sure if they’ll regrow.

The thought of kale regrowing after cutting is one of the major concerns of every first time grower.

To cultivate healthy kale that’ll regrow after each harvest, you need accurate knowledge of its growth process. The health benefits of Kale has led to high demands of this cold weather plant by many gardeners.

Does kale regrow after cutting? Yes, Kale regrows after cutting if the top leaf is not cut off. When cutting kale for the purpose of regrowing, use a pruner or scissor to cut off some leaves while leaving the top most leaf.

Cutting kale leaves incorrectly will delay in growing new leaves or affect its germination when propagating it through cuttings.

To help you grow healthy kale that’ll regrow after every cutting, here are simple practical guides you need to know.

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How To Properly Cut Kale for It To Regrow 

Cutting kale in a proper way makes it regrow big and healthy. Not only will it regrow healthy leaves but continue to produce new leaves each time you harvest.

Kale is back to back growing leaves doesn’t mean it can produce new leaves or regrow easily when the plants are properly cut. 

To properly cut kale for it to regrow easily, you need a pruner/scissor or knife to cut the older leaves that are close to the bottom of the stalk completely. 

When cutting, ensure each leaf’s stems are completely removed from the main stem. We shall discuss the consequent of not removing leaves stems from the main stem in the next subheading.

Leave the top most leaves when harvesting kale for the purpose of regrowing. Harvest the older leaves, then leave the newer leaves to give the plant more strength to regrow.

Also, always remove the yellow leaves after cutting kale if you want the plant to grow more leaves. Yellow leaves occur when you don’t harvest the leaves quickly.

When you follow this method to harvest your kale, then it will continue to produce new leaves from the top as it grows. And it will also remain healthy and blossom.

Let’s dive into details on how to properly cut kale for it to regrow.

Cut kale After 6 Weeks Of Planting For it to Regrow

Even though kale is a leaves growing plant, you don’t start cutting as soon as the leaves start coming out.

If kale roots and stems are not mature before cutting, you’ll end up killing the plant or make it staunt in its growth.

Kale needs leaves to stay healthy and flourish. Kale leaves are very important because it helps to receive photosynthesis that aids in nutrient absorption.

It’s a cold weather plant that thrives heat. Kale needs shade to remain healthy and grow more green leaves.

If the plant is not mature before you cut off the leaves, it affects its productivity. You need to allow the plant to mature before you remove the leaves.

Cutting off the leaves before maturity makes kale to experience delays in its growth. Not only will it delay its growth but also make the stem and the leaves thinning.

Cutting kale leaves before it time, sometimes kills the plant especially when the weather is a bit hot.

Kele leaves are the brain behind the plant germination and to remain healthy. To grow healthy kale that’ll regrow after cutting, you need to allow your kale to stay for at least 6 weeks before cutting off the leaves.

However, when kale is below 6 weeks before you start harvesting, they will retard its regrowth and cause delays to grow new leaves.

Striving kale off its leaves when it is not properly matured may cause damage that will lead to plants not to regrow.

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Harvest Kale Leaves From The Connecting Point From Stem

The delays in regrowth of kale or early dries off kale plants are mainly as a result of wrong cutting.

Some gardeners are not aware of this fact. Cutting is an important part of cultivating kale plants. Because the entire life of kale plants depends on its leaves. 

When you cut kale leaves from the connecting point, it gives the plant the ability to regrow new leaves faster. 

Removing the leaves from the connecting point makes the plant have less competitive parts for it absorbing nutrients.

Also prevent diversion of nutrients to the part that is not necessary. Not will it prevent the nutrients from going into the parts that are less important, but make the plant grow faster.

If you don’t cut off the leaves from the part that connects to the stem, the remaining parts from the leaves will share the nutrients.

Sharing nutrients with top most leaves, stem, and the haft cut leaves will delay kale regrowth. 

To avoid delays in regrowth of kale, then you need to cut off the leaves from the connecting point.

The connecting point of kale leaves are very important because that is where leaves share from the nutrients absorbed by the plants.

Don’t just rush to cut your kale leaves. Careful when harvesting the leaves. If the purpose for harvesting is for the plant to regrow, then how you cut the leaves matters. 

Cut the leaves stem along with them when you want the plant to regrow. Leaving the leaves stem still attached to the vine stem will cause kale to delay in regrowth.

When the leaves along with their stems are completely removed, the plant will have many nutrients to grow new leaves. 

Don’t harvest the Top Most Leaves From Kale Affect It Regrow

Just as said in the previous subheading, kale growth rate and blossomness depend on  its leaves.

Kale is a cold weather plant that needs most times to create shade for the plant to flourish. 

Removing the complete leaves will make the plant either dry off or stunt. So, when having your kale plant for the purpose of regrowth, you don’t need to remove the leaves completely.

Harvest the old leaves of kale and leave the new most top leaves for the plant to regain more energy to regrow.

Removing the complete leaves affects the plants’ regrowth. And also make the new leaves not to flourish but easily turn yellow.

Just as the plant’ roots are important to it likewise, the leaves are important to the plants. The strength of the kale depends on its leaves. The more healthy the leaves the more the plant’s stem has the capacity to produce new leaves.

When cutting kale for the purpose of the plant to regrow, then you need to only cut the old leaves and leave the top most leaves. 

The top most leaves are the last top last leaves. To know the top most leaves, count from the top 3 leaves downward and cut the other leaves.

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How To Care For Harvested Kale To Regrow Healthy Leaves

Kale is a cold weather plant that requires little care especially when you’re harvesting it for regrowth. The crop has the capacity to tolerate temperature below 20 Fahrenheit.

Kale doesn’t have the growing capacity to tolerate heat, therefore don’t expose it to heat if you want to have back to back leaves growing crops.

In cool-summer regions, kale will experience multiple regrowths compared to when you grow it In warm- and hot-summer regions.

Yes, even though kale is a back to back leaves crop you still need to give it maximum care to ensure it regrows after each harvest. 

When kale receives maximum care, it takes only 6 week to grow into maturity for you to harvest for the first time.

How care you give the crop will determine how long it will regrow leaves for long times. You need to give the plant maximum care to ensure it continuel produce leaves after each harvest.

Even when you cultivate kale indoors, with utmost care it will grow into maturity for 4 to 6 weeks. 

Ordinally, a kale crop is a biennial plant that grows every year with proper maintenance. Lack of care makes kale leaves turn yellow, even before maturity.


Caring for kale for it to regrow after each harvest depends on the weather conditions of your region.

Kale Require 2 – 4 hours Sunlight For It To Regrow After Cutting 

Kale is a cold weather crop that requires sunlight for it to regrow. Expose the crop to early sunlight because it helps to absorb nutrients.

Kale doesn’t require hot sunlight, but with low moderate sunlight the corp will produce continuously after each harvest.

Kale needs enough photosynthesis especially when you have harvested it. Photosythie helps the plants germinate more crops from every harvest.

Exposing kale into moderate and quality time sunlight, it will make the crop regrow and produce through multiple seasons. 

Likewise, the sunlight will make the crop produce even  multiple years. Quality hours matter when you want to regrow your kale crop.

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Water Kale Crop Immediately After Each Harvest For It To Regrow 

Water Kale Crop Immediately After Each Harvest For It To Regrow :- Kale can stay for days without watering when it has grown into maturity. So long the weather is cold and still blossoms.

Hardly will it regrow after each harvest if the soil isn’t moist. Kale crops need moist soil for it to regrow after each harvest.

Water kale crop immediately each harvest will make it regrow easily. Irrespective of the number of harvest you may have carried out, you still need to water the crop each harvest.

Kale needs well-drained soil without a log of water to regrow new leaves after each harvest. 

Water helps to break the soil that enables its roots to absorb nutrients easily and faster. When the soil is not well-drained, kale roots will not be able to absorb nutrients that will regrow after each harvest.

Well-drained soil keeps sustaining kale to produce multiple times. Moist soil keeps the soil from getting too tough. 

When kale has grown into maturity you water it at least twice a week but when you harvest it for the purpose of regrowth you need to water it at least every 2 days interval.

The 2 days watering interval will help to keep soil moist for it to regrow each harvest. Water helps the plant to absorb nutrients easily and faster the increase.

Water helps to speed up the kale regrowth process. Irrespective of the weather conditions of your region, you need to make the soil moist for kale to blossom and regrow easily.

Cultivate Kale In A Rich Nutrient Soil 

How rich-nutrient the soil is will determine how fast kale will regrow when you harvest it. 

Kale needs rich-nutrient soil if you want the crop to speed up its regrow process. Hardly will kale regrow in poor soil and if it does, the leaves will not grow big.

For you to have a continuous kale crop to harvest, then you need rich-nutrient soil to grow a kale crop.

Rich nutrient soil will not only make kale remain healthy but it helps to have sufficient energy it needs to produce more leaves when you harvest.

Kale is a heavy feeder crop because of continuous production of leaves. It’s not just a heavy feeder crop but needs more nitrogen to continue producing leaves after each harvest.

Cultivating kale for the purpose of regrow, you need to make the soil rich in nitrogen, acidic, and less alkaline. Hence, it will not be able to reproduce after harvesting.

Get organic growers from any nearby store and add to the soil. You can also use well-rotted manure to the soil. These organic materials will add extra nitrogen to the soil. Then you’ll have highly rich-nutrient soil to cultivate kale.

After each harvest of kale, add extra organic materials to the soil. Even though kale needs more nitrogen to produce continuously, don’t over add it to the soil. 

Mix soil with organic materials separately before adding it to the newly harvested kale base. The organic soil will help the crop to speed up in regrowing new leaves for the next harvest. 

Continuously adding organic soil will make kale to always produce leaves after each harvest.

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Kale Need More Of Acidic Than Alkaline To Regrow 

Kale needs more acidic soil than alkaline soil. Therefore you need to test the soil before you plant kale when cultivating for the main purpose of regrowth.

To always keep the soil more acidic than alkaline, you need to carry tests on the soil in an interval of time. This only will keep the soil in a good soil that makes kale to regrow whenever you harvest.

If alkaline exceeds acid, kale will find it difficult to regrow when you harvest. And when it finally regrows, the leaves will not be as big compared to when you main pH level of 5.5 – 5.0.

Before kale can absorb nutrients from the soil, the nutrients must be dissolved. Kale doesn’t have the capacity to absorb nutrients until it is dissolved into soluble by a pH catalyst.

pH is very important in the cultivation of kale for the purpose of regrowing it. Kale, a heavy feeder crop, needs pH to be able to feed appropriately on the soil nutrients.

That’s while the pH level in a soil of which kale is cultivated must be more acidic than alkaline. The more acid the soil is, the more kale will produce more leaves after each harvest.

Kale needs more acid to help dissolve the nutrient into solubleness that will aid easy absorption of the nutrient.

If the pH of a soil is more of alkaline than acidic, it will cause kale to be stunted in growth. It will also make the kale grow thinning leaves compared to when the soil is more acidic than alkaline.

The acidic nature of the soil plays more roles than the alkaline. The higher the acidic nature of the soil, the speed it takes to grow more leaves. 

Just as water and nitrogen are important to kale, likewise pH is important. Without a substantial level of pH in the soil, kale will not be able to absorb much nutrients from the soil.

The higher the nutrients kale absorb as a result of pH, the more greenish and healthy the plant will look. Also it makes you have a continuous crop you can harvest.

Cover Harvested Kale Against Harsh Sun If You Want It To Regrow

Kale is a cold weather crop that doesn’t require harsh weather conditions. It delays growth when the weather is severely hot.

Irrespective how much watering you provide during hot weather conditions, the plant will delay in growth and later produce thinning leaves.

When the sunlight is too harsh, create shade around kale that helps to shade off the hot sun. The shade will make the environment where kale is cultivated to be a bit cool.

The hot sun has much effect on kale, especially when the plant is newly harvested. At that point Kale will not be able to grow new leaves. You need to ensure the environment is cool for kale to produce many leaves.

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Kale regrow after cuttings if you provide the crop the exact care it needs to regrow continuously.

Kale is a cold weather and highly feeder crop. Therefore ensure the plant is always under the shade if the weather conditions are severe. 

Cultivate kale in a well-drained and rich-nutrient soil if you want the plant to regrow after each harvest. 

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