Nutritious and delicious, broccoli is a must grow in your vegie patch! This one little plant gives so much back - the heads, stems and tender leaves can all be cooked or thrown raw into your salads, giving you a variety of textures and flavours.   It used to be regarded as a winter only vegetable, but newer varieties mean broccoli can now be grown all year round. Broccoli seed can be sown from summer to autumn in all but the coldest districts. In cold areas, it’s better to start broccoli seeds in late spring or early summer so that the plants are well on their way before winter arrives.


How to grow broccoli in a garden

  1. In a sunny spot, fill pots or trays with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and sow seeds. Firm down and water regularly to keep soil moist. Allow seedlings to grow to about 7cm h before transplanting. 
  2. Once seedlings have emerged, feed with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  3. Prepare the planting area by adding Yates Thrive Natural Blood Bone with Seaweed to activate the soil microbes. Transplant seedlings and water in well with Yates Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate
  4. Broccoli is susceptible to a soil-borne problem called club root, which causes the plants to wilt rapidly on hot days. To help avoid this problem, make sure you plant broccoli into a different bed or area each year – don’t go back to the same bed for at least three years.

     
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How to grow broccoli in a pot

  1. In a sunny spot, fill pots or trays with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and sow seeds. Firm down and water regularly to keep soil moist. Allow seedlings to grow to about 7cm before transplanting. 
  2. Broccoli can grow quite large, so ensure it has enough space to grow by selecting a pot that is at least 50cm diameter. Fill with Yates Premium Potting Mix. Transplant seedlings, backfill with potting mix and water in well with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  3. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Yates varieties

Sprouting Broccoli (Organic)

This old favourite, cool season vegetable will grow to 80cm and produce flavourful deep green heads. Yates organic seeds.

Broccoli Seed Tape

The best quality, hybrid choice for the cooler months. Firm dome-shaped heads that hold well in the garden.

Gai Lan - Chinese Broccoli

Popular in Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, Gai Lan has mild green leaves and succulent stems that retain a crisp tender crunch when cooked.

Sprouting Broccoli 'Sticcoli'

Sticcoli produces lots of slender, elegant stems, with small florets. Stems are extra-sweet and tender, and don't need to be peeled.


Growing tips

  • Broccoli grows relatively slowly in the cooler months and is usually ready for harvest in 16 – 20 weeks. Cut the large central head when the buds are well formed, but before the flowers start to open. Removing this central head will encourage smaller side shoots to form. They’ll be ready for a second picking in a few weeks time.

  • Gai Lan is a popular Chinese broccoli cultivar that forms a looser, lighter head and is usually harvested when a few of the flowers have opened.

  • A layer of mulch will retain moisture in the soil.



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Recommended products

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.