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Sun May 27, 2012, 04:45 PM

 

Broccoli question...

Hi all... so, we have a broccoli plant which currently has one huge (approx 6 inches across) head in the center of it... I was told that popping that off would lead to other heads sprouting on the rest of the plant... is this right?

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opiate69 May 2012 OP
kurtzapril4 May 2012 #1
Denninmi May 2012 #2
opiate69 May 2012 #3
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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Sun May 27, 2012, 06:30 PM

1. Yes, that is correct! n/t

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Response to kurtzapril4 (Reply #1)

Sun May 27, 2012, 06:34 PM

2. Yup.

If you pick it faithfully, you can have broccoli from now until the cold kills it in the fall/winter. If you live somewhere it never gets cold enough to kill it, you can have broccoli for a year if you do it right.

However, be aware that the offshoots produce heads much smaller than the big central head. Not that this is a bad thing, in some ways I almost prefer when mine become full of shoots later in the season and each head is about the size of a quarter. Convenient, actually, no trimming and cutting of a large head of broccoli in the kitchen, it comes pre-cut into bite sized pieces that way.

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #2)

Sun May 27, 2012, 06:38 PM

3. sweet, thanks!

 

how far down should I cut do you think?

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #3)

Sun May 27, 2012, 07:08 PM

5. Leave two rows of independent leaves below the crown.

 

Don't count the ones that are growing right up against the crown. The ones that are on the stalk below it are the pairs I'm talking about.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Sun May 27, 2012, 07:06 PM

4. Yes, but they will be smaller and need to be harvested regularly or they get bitter.

 

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