How To Grow Broccoli

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Nutritious and delicious, broccoli is a must grow in your vegie patch! This one little plant gives so much back – the heads, stems and tender leaves can all be cooked or thrown raw into your salads, giving you a variety of textures and flavours. It used to be regarded as a winter only vegetable, but newer varieties mean broccoli can now be grown all year round. Broccoli seed can be sown from summer to autumn in all but the coldest districts. In cold areas, it’s better to start broccoli seeds in late spring or early summer so that the plants are well on their way before winter arrives.

Position – Full sun
Water – Water regularly
Soil – Well drained
Harvesting – 8-20 weeks depending on the variety (check the label)
When to grow – Certain varieties can be planted anytime of the year (check the label)

How To Grow In A Garden

Step 1 – In a sunny spot, fill pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix and sow seeds. Firm down and water regularly to keep soil moist. Allow seedlings to grow to about 7cm before transplanting.

Step 2 – Once seedlings have emerged, feed with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.

Step 3 – Prepare the planting area by adding Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to activate the soil microbes. Transplant seedlings and water in well with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.

Step 4 – Broccoli is susceptible to a soil-borne problem called club root, which causes the plants to wilt rapidly on hot days. To help avoid this problem, make sure you plant broccoli into a different bed or area each year – don’t go back to the same bed for at least three years.

How To Grow In A Pot

Step 1 – In a sunny spot, fill pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix and sow seeds. Firm down and water regularly to keep soil moist. Allow seedlings to grow to about 7cm before transplanting.

Step 2 – Broccoli can grow quite large, so ensure it has enough space to grow by selecting a pot that is at least 50cm diameter. Fill with Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. Transplant seedlings, backfill with potting mix and water in well with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.

Step 3 – Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.

Yates Varieties

Summer Green
Shogun Winter Harvest
Green Sprouting
Chinese Broccoli ‘Kailaan’

Growing Tips

Companion Plants

Recommended Products

Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser
Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food
Yates Seed Raising Mix
Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter

Common Problems

ProblemCabbage Moths
Symptoms – Irregular holes on leaves
SolutionYates Success Ultra or Yates Nature’s Way Dipel

ProblemSnails and Slugs
Symptoms – Large, ragged holes with traces of silvery slime on the ground or leaves
SolutionBlitzem, Do not apply snail bait to edible plant parts

ProblemAphids
Symptoms – Distorted growth on new leaves
SolutionYates Nature’s Way Vegie & Herb Spray



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