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Growing broccoli quick reference guide



Growing Broccoli Guide

The growing broccoli quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing broccoli. For more details on the different stages from seed to harvest go to the related pages link.





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Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Broccoli
Also Known As
Botanical Family - Brassicaceae, Species - Brassica oleracea , Cultivar group - Italica Group
Plant Type Cool season annual - flowering vegetable
Frost Tolerance Semi Hardy
Planting Position Sunny position but welcomes shade in the hottest part of the season - requiring a minimum of 3-4 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Seed Viability 3 years
Germination 5-7 days at 50-80 F (10-27 C)
Growing Temp 55-75 F (13-24 C)
Seed to Transplant 5 - 7 weeks
Planting Method Direct sow or Seedling transplants
When to Plant Spring and again in mid-summer for fall-winter harvest
Time to Plant As early as 1 - 2 weeks before the average date of the last 32 F (0 C) freeze in the spring in your area but not before soil temperatures are consistently above 50 F (10C)
Seed Sowing Direct sowing broccoli seeds - 1/2 inch (12 mm) deep - 4 inches (10 cm) apart in rows 24-30 inches (60-75 cm) apart
Plant Spacing Transplant or thin seedlings 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart in rows 24-30 inches (60-75 cm) apart or for a grid, stagger plants 18 inches (45 cm) apart in each direction.
Soil Conditions Well drained - High organic matter - Rich fertility
Fertilizer High fertilizer needs, 5-6 quarts per 100 sq feet (5.5-6.6 liters per 9.3 square meters) pre-planting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer , same rate for each side dressing.
When to Fertilize 2 weeks before sowing or transplanting - when transplanting use liquid starter fertilizer - side-dress every 3-4 weeks - last side-dressing as the heads begin to show.
Days to Harvest 60-100 days - depending on conditions and variety.
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