Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Last of the Broccoli

In South Florida, you can plant Broccoli from September to Jan.  Broccoli enjoys cool weather and is quick to bolt (flower) as soon as temperatures warm up.  Depending on the variety, you can harvest 75 to 90 days from planting.  After the first main head is harvested you can expect the plant to continue to produce smaller side shoots.

Planted last fall, my broccoli grown in my square foot garden was ready to harvest from around Christmas till present.  From six plants I was able to get four full sized heads and a few side shoots.  However due to my holiday travels two heads were not able to be harvested before they went to flower.  I noticed that the bees loved the broccoli flowers and since my citrus were in bloom I allowed the pretty flowers to stay until this past weekend when I finally pulled them all up.


  1. I love broccoli! I will definitely be growing some this fall/winter.

  2. Thanks for the info! Gardening in Florida is certainly unique as compared to other parts of the country. We've had such a warm "winter" this year, I really have to stay on top of harvesting my broccoli before it goes to flower.