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Broccoli Brassica oleracea

Growing Broccoli: Tips at a Glance

Broccoli, packed with vitamins, is an easy to grow superfood. Look for heat-tolerant types such as 'Flash' and for hybrids with side-shoot production.

  • Type Edible vegetable
  • Lifespan Annual
  • USDA Zones 3-10
  • Light Full sun
  • Water Well-drained soil
  • When to Plant Spring, fall
  • Design Tip Friend of flowers
  • Companions Lettuce, spinach, chard
  • Days to Maturity 70-100

Broccoli: A Field Guide

Broccoli is proof that God loves us and wants us to be healthy.

Before we knew the term “superfoods,” there was broccoli. Packed with vitamins C and K, broccoli grows in many shapes, including a full head (‘Calabrese’), thin sprouts, and loose, bright purple florets (common in Europe). Pointed, light green ‘Romanesco’ is an Italian favorite. Plant broccoli near other brassicas. Look for heat-tolerant varieties, such as ‘Flash’, and for hybrids with active side-shoot production. Keep tomatoes, strawberries, and beans away; they can inhibit broccoli’s growth.

Planting, Care & Design of Broccoli

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