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What Happens If You Plant Broccoli Too Early?


  • Weather is often the limiting factor for successfully growing broccoli. Fall broccoli crops can be direct-seeded, but gardeners typically start with transplants in spring to make the most of the short pre-summer cool season. In cooler climates plants will produce the large, central broccoli head in spring and smaller side-shoot heads in fall. In warm climates broccoli is planted in the fall for winter and spring harvests. Broccoli needs full sun but also rich, moist and well-drained soils and average temperatures -- between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Provide the best possible growing conditions to produce big, healthy plants before broccoli heads form; small or weak plants will produce small heads. Broccoli is a heavy feeder, so fertilize regularly.

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