What Time of the Year Should I Plant My Broccoli?

Planning to grow your own broccoli? Do you want to know what time of the year you should go about doing it?

Broccoli has many varieties with each variety having its own sowing and harvesting times. But generally, broccoli is a cool-weather plant so it thrives in areas with a temperature that’s less than 80 degrees.

Spring and the fall seasons are the best times to start growing broccoli, but of course, it also depends on the variety you are going to plant and the last expected frost date in your area.

You can also begin sowing seeds early in the summer and then transplant outdoors right before the cool weather sets in. By that time – which is about four to six weeks after sowing – the broccoli crops should have strong leaf growth and a higher chance of tolerating the cold.

However, if you sow seeds at the highest point of summer when the soil stays at 60 degrees at night or higher, your plant would be prone to bolting.

Choose to sow seeds on an overcast day or at least, late in the afternoon to minimize their exposure to the heat of the sun. Doing this would help the plants recover from transplant shock.

Many gardeners prefer to start broccoli indoors. This helps them get a good jumpstart on the growing season of broccoli. For best seed germination, the temperature inside must be between 75 to 85 degrees.

If you live in an area with a mild weather, you can plant in the fall and harvest in the winter.