Broccoli Not Forming Heads: Reasons Why My Broccoli Has No Head
Broccoli By: Amy Grant
Broccoli is a cool weather vegetable usually eaten for its delicious head. Broccoli is a member of the cole crop or Brassicaceae family, and as such, has a number of insects that enjoy the tasty head as much as we do. It’s also susceptible to a number of diseases, but one of its major issues is broccoli that won’t “head.” Why is broccoli not producing heads and is there a remedy for broccoli not forming heads?
Help, My Broccoli Has No Head!
This vegetable is referred to as “sprouting” broccoli because once the larger central head is harvested, the plant begins to send out smaller side shoots that head. This is awesome for those of us who love broccoli. It means our broccoli harvest time is lengthened. However, sometimes you may get a big, gorgeous broccoli plant only to discover it won’t head at all.
You have planted the broccoli in a sunny area, in fertile, well-drained soil and incorporated plenty of organic matter and a complete fertilizer, so why is the broccoli not producing heads?
Reasons for No Head on Broccoli
One reason for a broccoli not forming heads or producing small heads is timing. As mentioned, broccoli likes to be kept cool. Plants should be set in the early spring for summer harvest and/or in the early fall. Just as excessive heat may cause the broccoli to bolt, plants may button if they have been exposed to cold weather. Buttoning will cause the plant to produce tiny heads as will stress — like lack of water or nutrients. Extreme temperatures will also bring the production of broccoli to a screeching halt.
Taken from gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/broccoli/buttoning-broccoli-heads.htm
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