Easy Care Tips for Broccoli

Humans need tender, loving care – so do broccoli crops. You need to provide what this vegetable need in order for you to have a guaranteed bountiful harvest.

Broccoli is a cool weather crop – it appreciates cool weather. Start your planting right by choosing an area where it won’t get exposed to too much direct sunlight especially if you live in an area where the temperature can soar. It shouldn’t be planted also during the summer season.

Broccoli is a heavy feeder. Crops that cannot get sufficient nutrients from the soil will grow small, button heads. If you don’t want this to happen, apply an all-purpose fertilizer to the soil. You can also side dress it with ammonium sulphate during its growth. Repeat fertilizing after you have harvested the main head so side shoots will develop and be productive.

Almost all crops love water – they need sufficient supply of it to properly grow. If grown with inadequate water, the quality of the heads will be poor. Your crops will also not grow enough side shoots.

Water your broccoli regularly, making sure the soil has sufficient moisture, but not waterlogged. You can also help your crops retain moisture by adding organic matter to the soil. Doing this would also discourage weed growth. Not only will your crops have no competition for nutrients, you wouldn’t have to disturb the broccoli’s shallow root system by pulling out weeds.

You can also protect your broccoli by using a season-lengthening device like a floating row cover. This way, they will develop more quickly reducing risks disease-development.

Never stress your crops by transplanting them out too late, exposing them to high heat and the like. Stressing them would cause them to bolt or produce seed even before you can begin to harvest the fruits of your labor.