Broccoli is a cold-season crop.
Time planting to harvest during cold weather. Transplants can be harvested in 40 to 80 days, depending on the variety. Harvesting can continue over a relatively long period. When it is well developed, cut off the central head with five to six inches of stem. Harvest before the head begins to loosen and separate. If small yellow flowers have started to show, it's past the good eating stage.
Types of Broccoli
There are several varieties of broccoli for home gardeners to choose from. These varieties include types that perform better in warmer climates.
- Green Comet Hybrid, harvest at 55 days, is disease resistant and heat resistant and produces 7-inch heads.
- Premium Crop, harvest at 58 days, is an All America Selection.
- Coronado Crown, harvest at 59 days, performs well in hot climates.