Broccoli Seeds Description
Broccoli Seeds This cool-season crop grows best when daytime temperatures are in the 60Â°F. Grow in both spring and fall, but avoid mid-summer crops as hot weather can cause premature bolting.
Broccoli Seeds Like spinach, can be grown in the spring or fall. In fact, you may be able to get a continual harvest throughout both seasons if you time planting correctly. A member of the cabbage family, broccoli is rich in vitamins.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|broccoli, cauliflower||–||early summer, mid-summer, late summer, early fall, mid-fall||Height: 2 to 3 feetSpread: 2 to 3 feet||Moderately easy|
Planting and care
Direct seeding of broccoli plants is possible. This is especially so with a fall crop. For the first summer harvest, start your broccoli seeds in early spring. For a fall harvest, start your seeds in midsummer.
Broccoli transplants can grow in six to eight weeks for a summer crop and only five to six weeks for a fall crop. When growing transplants in the spring, you want to make sure to give them enough cold weather to harden off, but make sure they are protected from freezing temperatures.
|full sun, Can tolerate light shade but will slow maturity.||Requires well-drained soil, fertile soil high in organic matter, pH 6.0 to 7.5. Can tolerate slightly alkaline soil. Needs plentiful, consistent moisture.||Provide a uniform water supply to your plants. You should water the garden in the morning so the foliage is dry before the sun goes down. Make sure you water the broccoli enough to moisten the soil to a depth of six inches at least. If you only sprinkle the plants lightly, your broccoli will have shallow roots and not get the nutrients it needs to provide you with a good crop.||65 and 75Â°F||Broccoli needs lots of nutrients.A general rule for fertilization of the plants when growing broccoli would be to apply 5-10-10 to the soil before planting broccoli in the soil.|
Caring for Broccoli F1
- Fertilize three weeks after transplanting.
- Provide consistent soil moisture with regular watering, especially in drought conditions.
- Some varieties of broccoli are heat tolerant, but all need moisture.
- Do not get developing heads wet when watering.
- Roots are very shallow, do not cultivate.
- Suffocate weeds with mulch.
- Mulch will also help to keep soil temperatures down.
Broccoli come to harvest in 100 to 150 days.
- In terms of timing:Harvest broccoli when the buds of the head are firm and tight before the heads flower.
- If you do see yellow petals, harvest immediately.
- For best taste, harvest in the morning before the soil heats up.
- Cut heads from the plant. taking at least 6 inches of stem.
- Cut the stalk of the main head at a slant, about 5 to 8 inches below the head.
- Most varieties have side-shoots that will continue to develop after the main head is harvested.
- You can harvest from one plant for many weeks, in some cases, from spring to fall, if youâ€™re summer isn t too hot.
- Store broccoli in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- If you wash before storing, make sure to dry it thoroughly.
- Broccoli can be blanched and frozen for up to one year.