Is it time to pull broccoli plants out?

guavalaneApril 1, 2010

Someone in the garden center told me that broccoli plants will survive the summer heat in our area (Pasadena). My plants did fine in winter but don't seem to produce much anymore. I only have a smallish backyard garden, so is it really worth saving it?

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gardenguru1950(SunsetZ16)

They may or may not survive but I suspect they won't do very well in your summer heat. (Get the name of that person at the garden center.) Broccoli often does produce more smaller shoots from a basal clump where a main crown has already been removed but usually during cooler weather.

Regardless, it's time to use that space for more appropriate plants -- the warm-weather lovers. Time to sow your corn, put in a row of beans or -- something we can't quite do yet up here -- put out your tomatoes.

Joe

    Bookmark   April 1, 2010 at 7:54PM
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sautesmom

My experience is that broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. may look OK but start getting a nasty bitter taste once they have been in too long and the heat hits. Take a nibble and see if they still taste good.

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   April 2, 2010 at 12:12AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

General recommendation is April 15th for So Cal, a little later at the coast.

I'm just about to pull mine and put in the tomatoes. Homegrown broccoli is so delicious.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2010 at 5:05AM
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