Broccoli Starts

  • Broccoli Starts

    Posted by Stitchinglady on April 2, 2023 at 11:44 pm

    We planted Broccoli seeds 3 weeks ago are now 4″ tall and starting to want to fall over. We have them in a south facing upstairs room on metal shelving w/LED lights. The shelving unit is surrounded by plastic sheeting. We’re in zone 7 and usually don’t plant until after Derby day and have never planted broccoli. PLEASE help me with what I can do so we don’t lose our broccoli! TY so much for your help!!!

    Hippiemimi replied 11 months ago 6 Members · 5 Replies
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  • soma_farms

    Member
    April 3, 2023 at 12:14 am

    I always had problems starting broccoli or just about any brassica. They always went leggy, thinned out on the stem and just died. I finally figured out it wasn’t so much the lighting as it was too warm in my house. Last year, I started them in a cool room and Perfecto! This year I’m trying them in the high tunnel, in fact I just planted them today. I’m in zone 5 so are you sure zone 7 isn’t too warm?

  • MartHale7

    Member
    April 3, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    I switched to these lights, and I was able to grow broc for this first time this year.

    Barrina Plant Grow Light

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/334007686432

  • Kika-Jo

    Member
    April 3, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    Im in zone 6 and my broccoli should have been set out already (March)They are a cool season plant and can take frosts after being set out. My cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprout, and cauliflower were started in an unheated garage under lights. If you will keep your lights just a few inches above the seedlings it will prevent them stretching for the light. Id set them out, dont forget to harden them off a bit first. Hope that was helpful.

  • Hippiemimi

    Member
    April 7, 2023 at 10:06 pm

    Had volunteer broccoli come up along my fence and pulled it up to plant it in the garden. I noticed it wanted to bolt super early and was tall and skinny. It’s been really cold here so I have no idea why it did that but I replanted it and cut off all the tops and it’s doing great now.

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