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This is a shot of my four broccoli plants. The largest is growing like a weed but has no broccoli on it, while at the rate they are going the ones with stalks will be ready to eat in 2010. What do I do with the plants that seem otherwise healthy but have no broccoli? Will it re-flower? Who/what is eating it? I use bloodmeal to discourage critters and replace it after a rainfall. Any help appreciated thanks
Janet, With broccoli, you eat the seedheads before the flowers open. Once it flowers, the seedheads become tough and inedible. Bolting simply means going to seed, ( sending up a seedhead) a bad thing for leafy brassicas but not really applicable to broccoli since you want the seedhead. Stress, cultivar, weather can all have an effect on the size of the seed head. Yours apparently formed small seedheads ( florets) and you let them go too long hoping for larger seedheads. Buttoning ( tiny seedheads forming on small stunted plants) does not appear to be your problem as your plants apppear to have sized up.
Broccoli does not tolerate heat, but that should not be a problem in Canada. Once it has flowered however, the plant is done. You will need to start over.
Also another thing blood meal is high in nitrogen which will encourage massive vegetative growth but discourges flowering. with your next batch try balanced 10-10-10 formula fertilizer for even vegetative and bloom growth or a bloom formula 8-16-16 or 5-10-10 which will encourage thick full florets with compact vegetative growth.
Unless you want to let it go to seed and save the seeds to plant later. There is no point to leaving the plants otherwise because they aren't going to produce any florets. Im not sure if the leaves are good to eat or not.
I nibble my broccoli leaves while I'm wandering around in the garden. They're tasty, a bit leathery, but pleasantly green. I started doing this when I read that "they" had tested broccoli leaves along with the part we eat, and the leaves were lots higher in great nutrients. And, broccoli is one or the best veggies you can eat.
I planted a few broccoli plants, and they are growing well- massive leaves, but no sign of broccoli bits yet- neighbouring gardens that went in at similar time, have broccoli that's already going to seed, but I've yet to see any flowery bits forming- just very large healthy leaves- was I supposed to do something to the plant that I didn't?
I'm wondering if I should pull them and use the space for some of the other things I packed in too closely, but don't want to jump the gun if they might still come...