When and How to Harvest Broccoli


| 6/25/2018 9:25:00 AM


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Photo by Rebecca Anne Cole

Harvesting broccoli at the right time can be tricky, especially if the weather turns hot all of the sudden. Broccoli heads tend to bolt without warning when temperatures soar above eighty degrees. Once the heads start to flower, they are past the point of harvesting. The leaves and stems may still be salvageable, but the prized broccoli heads are lost.

I like to set my broccoli transplants out as early as possible, a couple of weeks before the last threat of frost and before pests are out in full force. I am usually looking to harvest the first broccoli heads by mid to late June. This year we had an early hot spell, and I was barely able to catch the broccoli heads in time before the yellow flowers shot up.

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Photo by Rebecca Anne Cole  



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