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How To Grow Broccoli From Seed In Containers

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Uploaded on May 14, 2011

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The three main stages that I completed in this review of, "How To Grow Broccoli From Seed In Containers" are the seedling stage, transplanting, and harvesting. Other reviews may also contain all of the elements of the plant's life cycle:

Seed
Starting Seeds
Seedling
Transplanting
Vegetative
Cloning success
Flower Forcing
Flowering
Regeneration
We suggest starting with USDA certified organic seed if you can not find a local friend that is already growing Broccoli and can give you some seeds. This is just because I have found that many of the seeds that I order online or find in a local nursery do not have a very high germination rate compared to USDA certified organic seeds. Be warned through because some companies try to use the USDA name and the USDA is having a hard time cracking down on the misuse of their logo.


How to grow Broccoli from seed in containers!

Try starting the seeds in a small cardboard box or container with a few inches of soil and good drainage. Be sure to use the same soil through out each stage or the plant may become stressed and stop growing. Then, after the Broccoli has a couple larger leafs and is around a couple inches tall, I transplanted them into around 100 one gallon containers. Some did not make it, some were eaten by California cauliflower larva, and others died because I added bone meal too early in their development. Many did survive however and after I lifted the containers off the ground so animals could not get to them and added better drainage so it started working much better.

I do not suggest adding anything to the organic compounds in your soil until at least after the broccoli has provided you with a couple harvests of flowers. This is simply because there is too much of a risk that you will add too much fertilizer and "burn" the plant before it can use it.

Once the Broccoli has grown to around 5" or 6" in the gallon containers, I transplanted it into the raised beds. This seems to work well as long as the beds has a regular morning watering and I picked off any larva I found under the leafs. Really, I would have used a taller raised bed if I had the materials needed. I transplanted the Broccoli about a foot apart so it has as much room as it needed to grow.

Normally the Broccoli creates one large head that you can clip and then it creates many smaller heads that you can also clip. Some of the Broccoli I allowed to flower in the container and it does create bright yellow flowers and then seed however to reach a full maturity it seems to need a very large container (15+ gallons) or a raised bed to provide it with enough space and nutrition to grow well.

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