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broccoli direct seed outdoors

Posted by SunshineZone7 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 10, 14 at 16:03

Our first frost date is approx Oct 21. I decided to direct sow broccoli a couple weeks ago and nothing has come up. Too hot outside? I have never grown broccoli before. I also planted some carrot seeds...same thing no germination. The beets germinated though.

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RE: broccoli direct seed outdoors

broccoli emerges quickly, so it is probable that the soil is too hot. I started mine in a shaded plant bed in mid July and they are a couple inches tall at the moment.. Should be perfect transplant around labor day.

RE: broccoli direct seed outdoors

Gotcha. So can I wait until sept to direct sow or should I start them inside? Or should I start them outside out of the sun and then transplant?

RE: broccoli direct seed outdoors

I start them in a shaded spot in July. Transplant in September, harvest thanksgiving into January. They will not stand much lower temps than 22 degrees so I would expect that you are too late to start seeds now. December can get into the teens in most zone 7.

RE: broccoli direct seed outdoors

I started mine outside in 85F hot summer and they grew just fine with daily watering. Alas, someone ate all the nice looking seelings that were a few inches tall.

Pest pressure in the summer is very high and my fall crop plantings are not going well, my carrots also got eaten as did some lettuce that made it into summer -- and I have a fence around my garden.

RE: broccoli direct seed outdoors

I found that direct seeding did not work as well as starting seeds in plastic pots where I can control things. Out in the garden the flea beetles or something would half-way decimate the young seedlings.

I have already transplanted #2 planting of broccoli. I find them to have NO stress that way.

RE: broccoli direct seed outdoors

  • Posted by grandad 9aLa/Sunset 28 (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 13, 14 at 16:25

Just seeded my first planting last saturday in outdoor shaded seed boxes. One and two year old seed sprouted on tuesday.

This post was edited by grandad on Wed, Aug 13, 14 at 16:28

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