How many seed will one broccoli plant produce?

boodeeradleyNovember 25, 2010

I'm trying to get a rough idea of how much seed (by actual number or weight) that one broccoli plant will produce. I ask because I would like to grow some mainly for seed production. Wanting to grow for seed production because I would like to get into eating broccoli sprouts, but the price of large enough quantities of broccoli seed for the purpose is ridiculous.

So, does anyone know roughly how much average broccoli plant will produce if allowed to go to seed?

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Depends somewhat on the variety. Sprouting varieties generate multiple shoots and more seeds. I would guess 0ne- two ounces per plant

    Bookmark   November 25, 2010 at 12:12PM
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twc015(7b/8a SE Arkansas)

I let some Brussels sprouts go to seed this year from overwintering, and I got at least ten thousand (10,000) from each plant, though I did not save all of them.

I now have hundreds of Brussels sprouts seedlings coming up where the plants were.

I also let a few broccoli plants flower, but they were regular types and they didn't flower as vigorously as the Brussels sprouts. Only a few of the flower buds opened.

I don't know how the Brussels sprouts seedlings would taste as sprouts like broccoli, but you could have my seeds if you wanted them. They are not much use in growing because I let hybrid and open pollinated plants flower at the same time and didn't isolate them. I don't have room or time to see how these plants will do.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2010 at 12:44PM
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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

If sprouting broccoli produces many more sprouts, it looks like you would want to raise that kind.

Last year I let some hybrid broccoli go to seed and the volunteers made a very thick green crop that fall. So a good side sprouting variety like Castle Dome or Emerald Crown would produce hundreds or perhaps thousands of seed apiece.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2010 at 1:03PM
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organicdan(z5b Nova Scotia)

Average per plant is about 6,000 (4,300 to 9,300) seeds. You will want to save from at least six for diversity.

Depending on the size of the seeds, 10,000 14,000 per ounce.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2010 at 1:06PM
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