How to Grow Broccoli

by on February 24, 2012


It has the most Vitamin C of all of the cruciferous cole crops (like cauliflower) and it has many other reported health benefits as well.
It’s famous for a former president’s childhood dislike for the green veggie, but everyone is entitled to an occasional error in judgment.  Broccoli is delicious and packed with vitamins.
Temp Range: 50 – 70 degrees F
Seed to Plate: 70-80 days
Light Needs: min. 4-6 hours of full sun per day
How Much to Grow: 2 plants per person
Average Space Needs: 1 plant / square foot
Water Needs: moist, light, well drained soil
Soil pH: slightly acid, 6.0 –6.8

Start broccoli from seed indoors in moist seed starter mix 4-6 weeks before the last frost date for your zone. If you can work the soil outdoors, you can alternatively direct sow the seed outside up to 2 months before the last frost.

Once established outdoors, broccoli is easy to maintain during the season, just make sure it gets watered thoroughly once or twice a week and mulch around the base of the plant to keep moisture in.

Harvest broccoli when the florets are firm. If you harvest the centermost heads when they are between 4 and 6”, new florets will grow on the outside and extend the growth of the plant throughout the season.

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