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Broccoli question

Posted by lexiegurl NC 8 (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 23, 13 at 16:01

Hi everyone,

I have a quick question. I live in an area where we do not get very many nights with lows in the low 20's but we are tomorrow night (it looks like we are going to have a cold winter lol). It is supposed to get down to like 23 tomorrow night. I have broccoli plants with heads starting, they are small right now about the size of a 50 cent piece or smaller. I was wondering if temps this low would damage the head? I know the plant will be ok, but will the head be? Thank you!

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RE: Broccoli question

Close but they should be ok. I have gotten leaf damage at 22 degrees but not head damage. Frosted Broccoli photo frostedbroccoli.jpg

RE: Broccoli question

Should they be covered? If so, plastic or remay?

This post was edited by MickEmery on Sat, Nov 23, 13 at 23:44

RE: Broccoli question

Our very first freeze was two weeks ago. It went down to 23. My broccoli leaves (uncovered) were burned, but the plants made it. Heads were not damaged. I did, however, put row cover over them after that. I really want them to make it all winter. I like the side shoots even better than the big heads. Personally, I wouldn't take the chance. It just doesn't take much time to cover them.

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