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Questions tagged [broccoli]

Vegetable taken from the large flower head of a plant in the cabbage family

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Growing tomato's and other plants inside

I've always started the garden season late and I want to change that! I figured I could start seedlings now growing them as indoor plants until April even though it's a little early to start inside. ...
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what is the right time for harvesting broccoli?

This is my first time growing broccolis. My broccolis started to have very small bluish head and then they started to get more yellow without getting "big enough" (as compared to the broccolis I have ...
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Why is my purple sprouting broccoli growing pods?

I noticed today my purple sprouting broccoli is growing pods where leaves should be. Why is this? What can/should I do about it? I found a picture from someone else:
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Why would a broccoli plant have grey patches on only a single leaf?

I'm making a temporary garden for a client at home to move to the landscaping location. He requested his garden contain broccoli which is the plant I'm worried about currently. It seems to have grey ...
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Broccoli seedlings are way too tall but thin and weak

I just started sowing broccoli indoor this month and after a week or so, I saw this They are almost 4 inches long but cannot stand straight. Did I not push the seeds in deep enough? Or is this kind ...
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Harvesting Broccoli

I am growing some late season broccoli in my backyard in a raised bed. How do I decide the right time to harvest the broccoli? Are there any visual clues I can use? I can't use the time from ...
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Best method of using lady bugs to prevent aphids

My kale and broccoli's are getting infested with aphids and they seem to be multiplying. I have tried to hose them off and that works temporarily but they are back in a few days. Research suggests ...
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How should I care for newly planted cauliflower and broccoli plants?

I am in USDA hardiness zone 9b, and just planted store bought cauliflower and broccoli. This is the first time I am growing these (6 of each) in a raised bed and have no clue how to care for them for ...
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Purple Sprouting Broccoli recovery from bird attack

OK, I planted out my Broccoli earlier this year without realising that the birds love to snack on the leaves. They skeletonized the leaves, leaving only the veins on some of the larger leaves. I've ...
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What's the environmentally safe way to get rid of worms that eat the vegetable plants?

We have broccoli, kale and onion in one of our vegetable beds. Some tiny worms are eating the leaves of both broccoli and kale. My question is, what are some of the environmentally safe ways to ...
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Which one of these is broccoli?

Started some broccoli from seed and it's not something I often plant. Two cells both plants look different. I'm pretty sure the one I planted in the raised bed is the broccoli because there was ...
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Can I save this crop of broccoli that bolted early?

We've been having a yo-yo spring (temperature-wise) here in Central Texas and our Packman Hybrid broccoli, which is in a raised bed and kept under a plastic frame on cold days, just decided to bolt. I'...
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Cabbage and Broccoli Pests

I have planted around a month ago several small plants of cabbage, broccoli, kales, and arranged also a raised beds for herbs. 1: Pests. Lately, I noticed that most of the plants had been bitten, ...
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Is there any way to know what you're getting when you plant seeds collected from hybrid plants?

I collected a whole bunch of broccoli seeds last year. I think they were packman hybrid broccoli. This year my 'broccoli' grew prolifically, but bolted exceptionally quick. I thought I had planted ...
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How to remove small insects from broccoli?

I'm growing up vegetables (without any chemical products) and among them broccoli. They are good, but they've a big problem: they're full of very small insects, and when I cook them, I find them in my ...
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How can I tell when my broccoli seeds are ready to harvest?

How can I tell when the seed pods of broccoli (assuming thats what these little things are) are ready to be saved for next seasons planting? Sorry the picture is so blurry, my phone would not focus ...
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Will composted cow manure harm vegetables?

We've had a mild winter here, and I'm going to plant out the broccoli (currently under lamps in the garage) this weekend. First time I've grown it and it seems to be doing well but obviously too big ...
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When should Broccoli seeds be sown indoors for spring planting in Minnesota?

When should I sow my broccoli seeds indoors and when should I transplant outside?
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What is the best time and method for planting cauliflowers / broccoli in a southern US climate with frosts?

Inspired by the various brassicas questions, I was thinking of trying to grow some. Choosing something that I would eat, I'm thinking of either broccoli and/or cauliflower. From what I have been able ...
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How to protect broccoli seedlings from high winds?

I am experimenting this autumn with more autumn/winter vegetables than I am used to. I have cabbages and leeks near maturity which will be the main events, but I've also put in some August sown purple ...
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My broccoli has started to head up. Anything I should know?

First time broccoli planter. A couple of my plants have just started to form heads, is there anything special I need to do? How do I know when its ready? Also, what is the proper way to harvest ...
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Which types of broccoli are cut-and-come-again?

I grew two types of broccoli this year. One was monaco I think, and the other one I'm not sure about (maybe calabrese?). We started harvesting the monaco more than a month ago and per this question ...
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Do brassicas like to be transplanted deeper than the previous pot?

I know that tomatoes should be transplanted deeper than they were in the previous pot. When I'm potting up broccoli and cabbage, are they the same way? Can I bury part of the stem when I go from a 6-...
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Is it too late for row cover to help with insects?

Last year I used row covers on PVC frames to effectively keep cabbage worms off my broccoli and cabbage. I put the covers on in spring as soon as I put the seedlings in the ground, and then took them ...
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What happens to a broccoli plant after it has been decapitated?

Does it generate a new head? Or is it then done for the year? What can I do to encourage larger heads?