Choosing & Planting Broccoli

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Knowing what to look for when buying broccoli plants for your garden is very important to their success and growth. Learn how to choose the best possible broccoli plants for your garden in this free horticulture video from a veteran gardener. View Video Transcript

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Bartholomew DiVietri

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Today we're going to talk about how to pick out a fresh broccoli plant for your vegetable garden. A couple of things you want to look for, you want to make sure there's no black spots, or any kind of, you know bad looking leaves like these yellow ones. You kind of want to stay away from them, that's not too bad but you want to make sure that, you know, all of them aren't turning yellow or browning out in there. You want to get one with all four plants in them. A lot of the times you can find a couple that, well this one is missing one, you don't want to get that one. You just want to find one that looks nice and green like that, nice lighter green broccoli color. You need to, you need to plant these in full sun and make sure they're getting at least a half day sun. If it says full sun you need at least a half days sun. Now when planting any kind of broccoli plant you want to make sure that you have about fifty to eighty days for them to mature. I mean you want to get them started early so that you're not going to be trying to harvest them when it's starting to get cold out. Now is a good time to plant them in the early spring. You can use any kind of basic fertilizer. There are specific fertilizers for vegetable plants, but any kind of basic Miracle-Gro is going to definitely help you out. Miracle-Gro says, you know, your plants will get twice as big. And it's pretty true, if you don't fertilize them they're not going to get as big and as nice as if you were to use a normal Miracle-Gro fertilizer or special vegetable fertilizer. Whichever one you use is just fine. But you just want to make sure you're not missing any little plants in the little four-packs and no yellow spots or anything on them. That's a good broccoli plant right there. And you know, you just want to make sure you have a good soil, you're not putting them in any kind of clay or anything. You want to have a nice good potting mix or garden soil when you plant them.