Broccoli Waltham

Harvest Season:  Summer

Plant Habit: Upright

Characteristics: Easy care

Water: Medium

Fertilize: Every two weeks

Height: 24" - 36"

Width: 12" - 24"

Exposure: Sun

General Information: 

Broccoli, scientifically known as Brassica oleracea, is a nutritious and delicious vegetable that belongs to the cabbage family. It is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making it a popular choice for health-conscious individuals. 

Broccoli thrives in well-drained soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0 but still grows well in our 8.0+ ph levels. Before planting, prepare the soil by removing any weeds and adding organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure. This will improve soil fertility and drainage, creating an ideal environment for broccoli plants to grow.

 Space the plants 18-24 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation and growth after all danger of frost has passed.

Broccoli plants require consistent moisture to thrive. Water them deeply and regularly, aiming for at least 1 inch of water per week. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot and other diseases. Mulching around the plants can help retain moisture and suppress weed growth.

Broccoli is susceptible to various pests and diseases, including aphids, cabbage worms, and clubroot. To prevent infestations, monitor your plants regularly and take appropriate measures such as Diatomaceous Earth or introducing beneficial insects. Crop rotation and proper sanitation practices can help minimize the risk of diseases. Plants can be covered with floating row covers before any infestation occurs to help control insects. Cabbage Loopers are particularly loathsome.

Broccoli heads are ready for harvest when they are firm, compact, and dark green in color. Cut the main head at an angle, leaving a few inches of stem attached. This will encourage the development of side shoots, which can be harvested later. Harvest broccoli in the morning when the heads are cool and crisp.



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