Broccoli is a hardy annual vegetable that develops best during Hawaii's cooler months of the year. We love growing broccoli for its health benefits!
This imperial broccoli variety will create numerous clusters of florets with dome-shaped heads that are small and dark green. It also has a higher tolerance to heat and can be grown during the longer days of the year.
Days to Maturity: 66-75 days
Plant size: 18-24” tall
Plant spacing: 18-24” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Broccoli will do best in full sun with soil that has a fair degree of fertility, organic matter, a high water-holding capacity, and good drainage. Rainwater is the best way to water your plants but for the dryer weeks, it will need 1-1.5 inches of water per week. Stressed plants can cause the heads to be smaller or delayed – keep the soil moist.
Harvesting: For best flavor and texture, harvest broccoli when the head is well compact, developed, and before the flowers start to open. After the first harvest, your plant will branch freely for extended harvesting of smaller stems and leaves. Once you see flowers, your broccoli head is going to seed.
Culinary: Broccoli is great when steamed, stir-fried, or can be used in soup dishes. It’s also a great addition to salads when eaten raw.
Nutrients: Broccoli is one of the world's most nutritious vegetables and has one of the highest calcium contents of any food, along with being rich in iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Special considerations: There are two ways broccoli can develop its head: heading and sprouting. Some heading types form side shoots you can harvest once the central head is cut. Sprouting types form lots of small florets within the leaf axils and will mature their heads all at the same time — perfect for freezing.
Companion planting: Plant near beets, bush beans, buckwheat, calendula, carrots, collards, chamomile, hyssop, marigolds, mints, celery, cucumbers, garlic, potatoes, swiss chard, dill, onions, nasturtiums, rosemary, sage, thyme, lettuce, spinach, radish, wormwood, oregano. Keep away from pole beans, tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, eggplant, and strawberries. Planting your broccoli near aromatic herbs can help repel cabbage moths and nasturtiums can help repel aphids.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.