When can I plant broccoli?

Question: I live in Maryland — USDA Zone 6/7.  Our summer is hot; what is the earliest date I can plant a fall crop of broccoli and not have it bolt?—G.A., Maryland
 
Answer:
You still have time to plant a fall crop of broccoli, which usually produces better results than a spring crop in Maryland. Start seeds now, if you haven’t already, before transplanting time (giving them 4-6 weeks).

Then, according to the Maryland Cooperative Extension: University of Maryland, “Transplant broccoli around August 5 in western Maryland, August 15 in central Maryland, and August 20 in southern Maryland and on the Eastern Shore.”

Be sure to provide proper watering once the crop is planted to beat the summer heat, especially as the heads are developing.

Strange growth, no blooms or are you wondering the best way to transplant? Just ask, and the Horticulture editorial team will take a stab at answering your ailment or query. E-mail edit@hortmag.com

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