Learn how to grow broccoli with this handy guide. Find out the sun requirements, spacing, planting, feeding, and harvesting tips for this delicious vegetable!

Soil

What soil is good for Broccoli?

Rich, deep soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost mixed in. 

Position

How much sun does Broccoli need?

Full Sun. Will tolerate partial sun, however this will affect the growth rate of the broccoli head. 

Frost Tolerant

Is Broccoli frost tolerant?

Yes

Spacing

How much space does Broccoli need?

Around 45-50cm apart

Planting

When should I plant Broccoli?

Broccoli is a cool season crop that is usually planted in autumn, depending on your climate. 

Seeds can be sown indoors in late summer and transplanted in autumn. Seeds can also be direct sown in autumn. 

If transplanting, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Broccoli?

Regular application of organic fertiliser throughout the season. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Broccoli?

Harvest by cutting off the large central head while it is still compact. If left too long it will start to flower.

After the central head has been harvested, smaller side shoots will soon appear, you can harvest these shoots throughout the season.  

Pests

What pests does Broccoli get?

Aphids, Slug, Snail, Cabbage Moth, Cabbage White Butterfly, Diamondback Moth, Flea Beetle, Cabbage Worm, Thrips, Root Knot Nematode, Cabbage Looper, 28 Spotted Ladybug 

Diseases

What diseases does Broccoli get?

Alternaria Leaf Spot, Brassica Black Rot, Club Root, Downy Mildew, Sclerotinia Stem Rot, White Rust, Black Leg, Damping- off

Troubleshooting

How do I troubleshoot my growing problems?

Protect young seedlings from pests at the time of planting.

Regularly check the undersides of leaves for eggs, or use fine mesh/exclusion netting to prevent white butterflies laying eggs on the underside of leaves, caterpillars can be detrimental to this plant. 

 

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