Starting broccoli seeds can be a challenge for many gardeners. They often complain about the difficulty of growing broccoli. But with some patience and effort, it is not difficult at all! Broccoli is a cool-season vegetable, and it needs to be planted in the fall, so the best time to plant it is in October.
Seeds are the best place to start because they will give you the most bang for your buck. When you start with seeds, you will be able to grow more broccoli plants than if you started with plants. To maximize the chances of germinating your seeds, follow the instructions below:
- Find a potting soil with organic compost and water it thoroughly.
- Make sure the soil is moist and not dry, but not too wet as this will cause it to have an excess of water.
- Choose a pot with drainage holes to allow excess water to be drained.
- Place the seed in a pot and cover it with about ½ inch of soil. You should plant one seed per pot.
- Water them again when the topsoil appears dry until they sprout.
- Cover them with a large plastic bag or clear wrap and place them in indirect sunlight for 8-10 hours each day.
- They should take about 2-3 weeks to germinate
Make sure that your broccoli seedlings are watered regularly – especially during dry spells. Watering regularly will help to fight off any diseases that might be present in the plants.
If you want to maximize the amount of broccoli that grows, you must plant the seed in the perfect location. The location should receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day.
How long does broccoli need to grow from seed?
The answer would depend on the type of broccoli. If you want to grow broccoli, it will take about 4 weeks or more to grow.
If you grow broccolini, it will take 8 weeks or longer. Broccoli seeds have a long germination time.
How to fertilise broccoli plant
One of the most important factors in healthy plant development is the soil. The soil should be fertile and contain enough nitrogen and phosphorus to provide for its needs.
A good quality potting mix, such as Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix, will have all the necessary nutrients that your broccoli plants need to thrive.
The best way to fertilize a broccoli plant is by applying a liquid fertilizer on the ground. This will help the plant grow rapidly. It is important to maintain an optimum nutrient balance in the soil. You should feed your broccoli plant with a slow-release fertilizer at the beginning of each growing season.
TIP: It is also important to know that too much nitrogen can make your plants grow too quickly and this can have negative effects on their taste and quality. So, when you fertilize your plants, make sure that you use only what is necessary for their needs.