Broccoli is a cool-season vegetable that can be planted in spring and fall. For more information about growing broccoli, click here.
VARIETIES: Cruiser, Green Comet, Packman and Premium Crop all have excellent production and eating quality.
Before planting, incorporate organic matter and all-purpose fertilizer. For more information on soil preparation, click here.
- Broccoli can be grown from seed or transplants.
- Seeds should be planted ¼-1 inch apart, in rows 1-3 feet apart. Thin plants to 12 inches apart when they have 3-4 true leaves.
- Transplants may be planted 2-3 weeks before the last frost-free date. Start seeds indoors 5-6 weeks before planting. For more information on frost dates, click here.
- Fall planting should occur 50-75 days before the anticipated maturity date. The maturity date can be several weeks after the first fall frost.
Irrigation: Broccoli prefers deep, infrequent watering, about 1-2 inches per week. For more information on watering, click here.
Fertilization: Apply a nitrogen-based fertilizer 4 weeks after transplanting or thinning. Reapply when the heads are the size of a quarter. Apply again after harvesting the head to encourage side shoots. For more information on fertilizing, click here.
Harvest: Cut broccoli when the head is fully developed, but before the flowers open enough to show yellow.