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comments (8) April 21st, 2011

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when can I put broccoli seedlings (from the nursery) in the ground in central Connecticut? I've tried growing them for the past 2 years and have never gotten them to produce.  Everything else I grow, always does well and this is very upsetting to me. What am I doing wrong? Thank you.

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tonyjanes writes: I like it this is good vegetable to eat.
Posted: 11:04 pm on August 26th
juantate01 writes: Really nice.
Posted: 11:45 pm on June 16th
DonnaAthey writes: gud share
Posted: 6:33 am on July 9th
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Posted: 1:54 am on May 18th
JimNagel writes: good for skin
Posted: 4:48 am on May 16th
jonahlake writes: This is great..
Posted: 10:08 am on April 11th
vg_made_simple writes: I'm in zone 7, so I can't really help you with the planting date. I grow broccoli in winter here and know that they can handle temps in the low 40's, but young seedlings don't handle a hard frost or snow well. Can you describe to us the problem you are having with your broccoli? Maybe we can help.

My only forewarning without a description is to note you are getting your seedlings from a nursery. Make sure to select young, small seedlings that are a healthy green color (no yellow leaves and only accept a little purple in the stems.)

A big problem with store bought seedlings is that they button. This is caused by the seedling being stressed when it is young and they never recover from it. Instead they produce heads that are very small (2-3 inches at most) and then immediately go to seed and might produce side shoots.

It's tempting to buy seedlings that look bigger and further along in the growth process, but with brassica crops that can be a big mistake. If they look unhealthy at all, don't attempt to nurse them back to health. They will turn green again but they don't recover, they go to seed the first chance they get. So if that describes your problem at all, make sure to buy young, healthy transplants.

Good luck!

Posted: 9:46 am on April 26th
Ruth writes: I'm just a little south of you (Bethel) and I planted mine this weekend. Broccoli plants can take cool weather, but like other seedlings, they need to be acclimatized to outdoor conditions first. I'm not sure what you're doing "wrong", if anything. Maybe others can help with that.
Posted: 9:12 am on April 25th
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