How to grow Broccoli Plants from seed to transplants for in pots or in the garden.
Different Pictures of Broccoli. First picture Broccoli seedlings being grown for transplanting second a head of Broccoli and third a couple of Broccoli Florets
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How to grow Broccoli Plants from seed.
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Broccoli how to grow Broccoli Plants from seed.
Broccoli is a vegetable of the Cabbage Family.
Best Climate and Site; Zone 3 and warmer,
grows as a winter crop in mild -climate areas.
Where springs are cool, grow as a spring and fall crop;
other wise does best in the fall. Plant Broccoli in Full Sun.
What are the ideal growing conditions for Broccoli.
What you need is well drained soil with plenty of calcium:
pH 6.7 - 7.2.
Common Name: Broccoli
Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea Botrytis group Cruciferae.
6,000 to 9,000 seeds/oz (212 to 317/g), Germinates in 10 days at 70 degrees F (21C).
Cover seed lightly after sowing.
Broccoli a member of the Brassica spp. family is known as a cole crop, and it prefers cool temperatures in growing it. As a early spring and early summer cool weather crop as you can also in the late summer for a early fall crop. It has leafy stalks topped with flowerets which are best when dark green and the buds are tightly closed. You either love Broccoli or you don't but this is how you grow Broccoli from seed. First of all as always is to start with sterilized flats and a sterilized potting soil. That would be a good germinating mix. Take your flat and fill it half full with germinating mix and soak the soil and let the flat drain over night. If you have a greenhouse let it set on the propagating bench. If not let the flat drain in a laundry tub.
Now here are some Broccoli types that you can try from seed?
Now here are some Broccoli types that you can try from seed? Goliath,Captain,Ironman, and Packman. Take the packet of seeds of Broccoli and you can start them indoors during March or April it usually takes 6 to 8 weeks for the Broccoli plants to grow to set out into the garden. Now after you pick the type of Broccoli that you want to grow you can take the Broccoli seed packet and sow your seeds. After that you can cover the seeds with about a fourth of a inch of germinating mix than mist the entire flat. While the seeds are germinating don't ever let the seeds flats dry out keep them evenly misted until they germinate.
Either set the flat or flats on a Greenhouse Bench or on a propagating mat and a grow light in your house.
Either set the flat or flats on a Greenhouse Bench or on a propagating mat and a grow light in your house. You keep them at 60-70 degrees until they germinate in about 10 days. Then you can lower the temperature and when two sets of true leaves develop you can transplant them in cell packs and grow them on until they are big enough and then harden them off and when the weather gets warm enough you can plant them out into the garden. Water the transplants thoughly when you plant the transplants in the garden. Keep them well water until they are well establish. I hope you would contact me after you tried to grow your own Broccoli Plants from seed?
Here how to grow Broccoli in pots or containers.
If you are a apartment dweller or just live alone or are a senior citizen you can enjoy broccoli grow in pots or large containers. Here what you need to grow broccoli in a large container or pot. 3 gallons or larger pot or container and use Pro Mix soilless mix in the container. If you want to grow one in the pot. You could use a 3 gallon pot for that. You can use a even larger container if you would like to grow 3 broccoli plants in a larger container. Fill the pot with potting soil and plant the plants in the soil and water thoroughly. Now keep the soil evenly moist. After the plants are well establish then you can keep on the right track at growing the plants on to maturity and you will have the satisfaction of growing your own fresh broccoli for you and your family. You can also grow broccoli at different times doing the growing season so that you have a succession of fresh broccoli doing the entire growing season. You can start broccoli every six weeks so that you have a succession of fresh heads of broccoli from seed.
Here are different types of Broccoli that you can grow from seed.
Decicco Italian Sprouting-Italian multi-cut type,great for sprouting,long harvest period 48 days.60-70 degrees for it to germinate in 10 days.
Emerald Crown New variety from Sakata specifically bred for high quality and high yield crown cuts. Very uniform,tight heads with beads that are blue green. Nice compliment to Green Magic.95 days to harvest,60-70 degrees for it to germinate in 10 days.
Emerald Jewel A small beaded, smooth headed, clean stemmed, multi-use variety especially suited for crown cut. Performs best in summer/early fall harvest, maintaining head size and color.80 days to harvest, at 60-70 degrees for them to germinate in 10 days.
Ironman New Seminis variety that performes best during long day conditions. Good heat tolerance.Tight head with small dark green beads.harvest period 82 days 60-70 degrees for it to germinate in 10 days.
Packman F1 large,tight heads,side shoots, compact, 48 days to harvest, 10 days to germinate 60-70 degrees.
Premium Crop AAA,F1, fine texture 9 inches single heads. 58 days until harvest, 10 days to germinate at 60-70 degrees.
Here is a Cream of Broccoli Soup recipe.
First of all you can raise your own broccoli and use it to make your soup or you can go to your local farmers market or grocery store to get fresh broccoli florets to make this broccoli soup.This is a very old recipe of Broccoli Soup that was handled down to my mother from her mother my grandmother. I have made this soup and I did it in a crock pot and I left it cook for many hours on low. It doesn't say on the recipe to cook it in a crock pot put the recipe is older than crock pots. So I have done it and it does work so I think if you want to use a crock pot for the soup you can. And you can use frozen broccoli florets that is cut up that you get at the grocery store. If you don't have fresh. I think you will enjoy this broccoli and cheese soup recipe and hope you try it.
Here is the Broccoli and Cheese Soup Recipe.
11/2 Lbs of chopped up Broccoli florets If you don't have fresh you can use frozen Broccoli Florets that you froze from your own home grown garden.
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
4 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons of flour
11/2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 cups Chicken Stock
4 cups of milk
1 cup cooked chopped carrots
1 cup cooked chopped celery
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/2 Lb. package American Cheddar Cheese, finely cut shedded cheese.
Saute onions in butter until tender and glassy. Add flour and cornstarch, blending well . Add stock and milk gradually, stirring constantly. When boiling, add carrots,celery,paprika and cheese. Cook over low heat until cheese is melted. Add salt,if necessary. Serve hot with finely chopped parsley. If you want to do the soup in a Crock Pot you can by putting all the ingredients in the Crock Pot and set it on low and let it cook for a number of hours. Until the vegetables are all cooked and tender. And now you can sit down and eat your soup and enjoy it.
Broccoli with Hot Butter or Hollandaise Sauce recipe.
Cooking Broccoli florets in a rapidly large amout of boiling salt water for 10 minutes in lower half of double boiler leaving part of the broccoli florets uncovered. Cover with inverted upper half of double boiler,and let cook for 15 minutes to steam the broccoli florets. Then you can pour melted butter or Hollandaise Sauce over the cooked broccoli. You can serve it that way.
Hollandaise Sauce recipe.
1/2 cup butter
2 to 3 eggs yolks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
A few grains cayenne pepper.
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup boiling water
With a wooden spoon, rub the butter to a cream, add the yolks one at a time. Beat well, add the lemon juice, salt and pepper. About 5 minutes before serving add the boiling water , and stir rapidly. Cook over water or in double boiler stirring constantly until it thickens.
1/4 teaspoon crushed white pepper.
1/4 cup of water.
2 tablespoons vinegar.
4 yolks of eggs.
1 cup sweet butter.
Juice of half a lemon.
Boil vinegar,pepper and water until reduced to half its volume. To sweeten butter,
place in bowel, cover with cold water,and wash using a spoon. Divide butter into 3 parts; put 1 part in saucepan with yolks of eggs and lemon juice, place over boiling water,stir constantly with a wire whisk until butter is melted. Add second piece of butter and as it thickens, the third piece. Add the vinegar,pepper and water, cook 1 minute and add salt.
These recipes are ones that haves been past down though my family from generation to generation. I hope you try the above recipes and let me know if you enjoy them? I have eaten them many of times and always enjoyed them. And this is a great way to use up your broccoli that you have grown in your own garden.
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