How do I know when broccoli is done producing?

carrielinneaJuly 13, 2012

I'm in my first year of gardening, and have done alright with my spring broccoli crop. I've harvested the main crown along with secondary shoots. But I'm not sure what to do next. How long will the shoots keep coming? How do I know when the plants are done? I'm getting anxious to get the seeds in for a fall crop, but I don't want to pull the plants while they are still producing. Thanks for your help!

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It may depend on the variety, but last year my broccoli produced a lot more side shoots as the weather cooled down in the fall, than it did in July. You just need to decide which you would prefer to have, more broccoli side shoots, or new plants. I am leaving mine in, and planting fall crops in other beds.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 6:14AM
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In my experience, the cut stems eventually develop pockets of rot and the weakened plants never recover good vigor. I'd take them out and start over with something new for fall. My brocs and close relatives came out three weeks ago and I was glad to see them go.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 8:27AM
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Thank you both! It's showing no signs of cooling off anytime soon (and I don't have another spot for fall crops), so I think I will pull them.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:06AM
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