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Is it time to pull broccoli plants out?

Posted by guavalane Los Angeles 9a (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 1, 10 at 17:50

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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RE: Is it time to pull broccoli plants out?

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.


RE: Is it time to pull broccoli plants out?

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

RE: Is it time to pull broccoli plants out?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 2, 10 at 5:05

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.

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