Broccoli is a cole crop. That means it has to be grown in rotation with cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts to control diseases and pests. It also grows better in cooler weather. Broccoli will bolt and the flowers will open up when it gets warm. It doesn’t taste good then. Planting broccoli in the fall instead of spring is the best way to deal with that.
For detailed instructions on how to plant broccoli, see Growing Broccoli . Here is a snapshot of the information you need to choose what cultivar to plant.
- when to plant: February 15 to March 1, August 25 to September 15
- depth of planting: use transplanted plants
- spacing of plants inside row: 18 inches
- spacing of rows: 30 inches
- time to harvest: 40-50 days
- fertilizing: a week before planting, work 5 pounds of 5-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet into the soil. A starter solution of one cup of 5-10-10 fertilizer per 12 quarts of water should be used to water in the newly planted broccoli plants. This will help get them growing. During the growing season, side dress nitrogen at the rate of one tablespoon per plant about three weeks after they are planted. Do this again in two weeks, then two weeks more, for a total of three nitrogen applications.
Only two variaties of broccoli are recommended for Hunt County:
Green Comet 40 days to harvest
Packman 50 days to harvest
Good luck with your garden.
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