How to

Grow Broccoli

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Broccoli is a member of the Brassicaceae family, which includes mustard, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, and kohlrabi.

Broccoli Varieties

Here are six types of broccoli that grow well in home gardens: - Waltham 29 - Imperial - De Cicco - Bonarda - Burgundy - Romanesco

Because broccoli prefers cooler temperatures, for a spring harvest start by planting broccoli seeds indoors.

Do not let the soil get soggy or oversaturated, and avoid getting water on the plants to prevent powdery mildew from forming.

Fertilizing Broccoli Plants

Broccoli should be planted or transplanted into compost-rich garden soil and fertilized twice during the growing season, up until the heads start to form.

Remove some leaves by hand by pinching them, especially in denser-growing varieties of broccoli.

Once the seeds begin to germinate, usually 5 to 7 days after planting, move your broccoli seedlings to a spot with sunlight or an artificial grow light.

Safety Considerations

Both dogs and cats can eat broccoli, although large quantities can upset some dogs’ stomachs.

Broccoli, like many plants in the cabbage family, is prone to aphids.

Harvesting Broccoli

Most broccoli plants are ready to harvest anywhere from 50 to 100 days after planting.

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