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Broccoli in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Brassica oleracea (Italica Group)

 

Broccoli

Broccoli is a type of brassica that has flowering heads that are eaten as a vegetable, and considered by many to be a "superfood" because of its nutritional benefits. The stalks of the flower-heads are often cooked for eating as well - best steamed. It is sometimes known by the Italian name of Calabrese.

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plant Features
  • Broccoli likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Broccoli likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Broccoli is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Broccoli likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Broccoli

Latin name

Brassica oleracea (Italica Group)

type

Vegetable

family

Brassicaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Broccoli likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Broccoli is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Broccoli likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Broccoli likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When to harvest

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Broccoli is 0.40meters x 1.00meters 0.40 M 1.00 M

Brassica oleracea (Italica Group)

Broccoli is a type of brassica that has flowering heads that are eaten as a vegetable, and considered by many to be a "superfood" because of its nutritional benefits. The stalks of the flower-heads are often cooked for eating as well - best steamed. It is sometimes known by the Italian name of Calabrese.


Propagating by seed

From Late Winter TO Mid Spring

Sow seeds in trays in the greenhouse in late Winter. Sow the seeds about 1" apart, and thin out the weaker plants as they grow. Or, for a later crop, sow direct in the soil in mid Spring.

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Summer

Seedlings started off in the greenhouse should be hardened off gradually before being planted outside. Plant 12" - 24" apart (depending on the size of the variety being grown) and allow at least 1' between rows. Firm the plants in well, and give them a really good puddle of water. Seedlings that were sown direct in the soil should be thinned out to 12" apart (or replanted)

 
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