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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
Jun 30, 2017 1:22 PM CST
Hi everyone.

I have a big broccoli growing, and I was wondering, How do I tell if its ripe?

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 30, 2017 1:49 PM CST
Hi. Jared 😁
If its green variety. Its ready. If diferent color variety. Wait till it turns right color.
If you see a bud starting to open. Chop er off.
Save leaves. Use in stew or soup. Tastes just like broccoli. Yep. Yep.
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Jun 30, 2017 4:46 PM CST
What kind did you plant? That is weird looking broccoli!
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Jun 30, 2017 5:10 PM CST
Don't know what variety that is but it is ready to harvest. After you cut the main head, small heads will grow on the sides. You can have several more meals from the same plant.
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Jul 2, 2017 11:31 AM CST
Its past ready. I hope you have cut it and eaten it already.

When those little bumps start to turn from green to rust means the flowers are wanting to open. And you don't want that.
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
Jul 2, 2017 8:42 PM CST
Hi everyone.

Thanks so much. I have harvested it and it was absolutely delicious. Look at the picture.

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Everything in this stir fry came from my garden except the carrots and meat. It was the best.

Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jul 3, 2017 1:04 AM CST
If you see any hint of tiny yellow flowers on your broccoli, it is just past ripe for picking. One picking hint is that the head feels "firm" and large.

I realize that seems "pick it a day before it is too late" but that is about it.

Your seed package should say the expected size of the head. Go by that.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 4, 2017 10:52 AM CST
Yea Hurray! Jared Hurray!
Looks, good enough to eat. 😜 nodding
Darn it !!! Now you made me hungry.
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