broccoli - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by tammiedierin
June 25, 2007
Why would my broccoli be blooming so soon and is there a way for me to stop it from getting the yellow flowers?
Thanks Tammie

Answer from NGA
June 25, 2007
Broccoli is a member of the cabbage or cole family. Cole crops are cool weather vegetables, growing best when daytime temperatures are between 65 and 80 F. Warmer temperatures will cause bolting, which is what is happening to your plants. There's no way to stop them from bolting once the process has begun. Cole crops are tolerant of really cool temperatures so starting yours outdoors in March or in September will allow them to grow to maturity without bolting.

Better luck with your next crop!

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