George O\’Presco asked 13 years ago

I grew calabrese from plants bought in my local garden centre. Very dissapointed as the heads were very small and very quickly went to seed. I cut the heads off to try to encourage side shoots but little was happening so I have pulled them up. Soil is quite heavy but well manured and plenty of water. What do you think was the problem?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 5 years ago
It is not unusual for broccoli/ calabrese to ‘button’ if given any set-back. If the plants chilled or went dry at any stage before or after you bought them, they produce small heads.

Broccoli is best grown from seed direct-sown where it is to mature.

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