How to Pick Broccoli

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7-10-2016, 11:55
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If you have been looking for a way to get more vegetables in your diet, growing broccoli on your own will produce a better-tasting, fresher, and healthier alternative to purchasing them from your local grocery store or produce stand. Depending upon the variety, you can expect to harvest broccoli approximately 55 to 60 days after planting. Follow the steps below to learn how to pick broccoli from your garden.


  1. Check to ensure the broccoli is ready for harvesting. For an idea of when to pick broccoli, mark down on the calendar the day you started your seeds. At the 55-day mark, start closely watching your plants. Look for the broccoli's head to be anywhere from 4 to 7 inches (10.16 to 17.78 cm} wide.
    • Size is not the only indication that it is time to start harvesting broccoli. Consider the size of the florets or broccoli flowers. The florets on the outside of the plant should be around the same size as the head.
    • Before harvesting, also check the broccoli's color, which should be a deep green. If you see any signs of yellowing, this means the broccoli flower is about to bloom, and you should harvest the plant immediately. If the broccoli flower sprouts, it is no longer edible.
  2. Cut off the head from the plant. Use a sharp knife, and aim for at least 5 inches (12.7 cm) below the head. Try to use 1 continuous stroke, because if you have to use several cuts or a sawing motion, you are causing damage to the plant. The damage caused by sawing at the stem could prevent you from being able to harvest more from the plant later on in the season.
  3. Continue harvesting small shoots from the plant after you have harvested the main head. These will grow on the side of the plant where the head was, but they will likely not be as big as the main head. If you do not see side shoots growing on the plant, it is possible harvesting the initial head caused too much damage to the plant. Side plants will continue to grow for weeks after the initial head is harvested but will be smaller as the season cools.


  • Choose a variety of broccoli based on your local climate. Cruiser broccoli is harvested 58 days after planting and is best for dry conditions. Green Comet is a variety of broccoli that is harvested 55 days after planting and is tolerant of heat. Green Goliath is a variety of broccoli that is harvested 60 days after planting and is ideal for spring, summer, or fall. It works well because it tolerates temperature extremes.
  • Plant about 5 plants for each person in your family to get a plentiful harvest.
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