Broccolini are a rewarding vegetable to grow at home and an excellent addition to any garden. Below we share the basics of growing broccolini in a home garden, as well as common mistakes and considerations.
Broccolini are a frost tolerant vegetable. This means the best time to plant them is mid to early spring, and mid to late summer for a fall harvest. If you’re expecting a late or early frost after planting, protect your broccolini with a blanket of straw or cover them with plastic buckets.
Plant your broccolini seeds directly in the soil of your garden or container at a depth of 0.5 inches (1 centimetre). Seeds can be planted outside or you can germinate them indoors and transplant them later. Typically, broccolini seeds take about 1 - 2 weeks to fully germinate.
If transplanting, the best time to move broccolini plants outside is when they reach 3 - 4 inches (7 - 10 centimetres) tall or have at least 3 - 4 true leaves.
When planting broccolini in the garden, it’s best to space them 1 - 2 feet (30 - 60 centimetres) away from the nearest plant.
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The key to caring for broccolini in containers is well draining soil and a pot big enough for their root system. Aim for a pot that is roughly 577 cubic inches (9,455 cubic centimetres) in size. A typical 10 or 12 inch flower pot is a great container option for broccolini.
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On average, it takes about 50 - 60 days for planted broccolini seeds to develop into a fully mature plant.
Typically, broccolini plants reach about 2 - 3 feet (or 75 centimetres) in height. Though this can fluctuate depending on the variety.
Broccolini need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day in order to thrive. Be careful to place your plants in an area that receives adequate sunlight. Otherwise, they may not mature properly.
Broccolini like well draining soil that is kept consistently moist, but not wet or soggy. The amount of water it takes to achieve this effect will differ depending on the type of soil available to you.
Be sure to water your broccolini on a consistent, steady schedule. This will ensure the plant yields a healthy, uniform crop.
If growing your broccolini in pots, they will need to be watered more frequently than broccolini planted directly in the garden.
You will know your broccolini are in need of more water when their leaves wilt, yellow, and/or the plant begins to droop. But be careful, this can also happen if the plant receives too much water. This is a difficult balance for most novice gardeners. But the more time you spend with your broccolini, the better you’ll be able to gauge how thirsty they are.
Pinch off the main broccolini head when it reaches 1 to 1.5 inches (2 - 4 centimetres) in size. Smaller heads will spring up from the plant and will be ready to harvest once they reach 6 - 7 inches (10 -12 centimetres) long. To harvest, cut stems at the base with a sharp knife or scissors.