Chinese Kale (Kailaan)

Dr. Joe Masabni
Patrick Lillard
Department of Horticulture
Texas AgriLife Extension Service


Chinese Kale (Kailaan)

The edible flower stalk and terminal leaves with stems 7 to 9 inches long are used in oriental dishes.


This vegetable grows best in the cool weather of fall, winter and spring but tolerates warm temperatures into summer. Sow seed with two drills per row and thin later to three or four plants per foot. Plants will be ready for harvest in 60 to 70 days.


Well-fertilized plants have thickened stems 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter. Cut 7 to 9 inches long, leaving terminal leaves intact. Tie three or four stems in bunches, and store at 32° to 45°F. with 85 percent relative humidity to maintain freshness.

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