Scientific Name: Brassica oleracea cv. Italica
Eatable portion: Floret heads, branches and stalk.
Preferred Temperatures (°F): Between 65 – 75 °F; prefers cooler temperatures; can survive around 40°F, but can be stunted if temperatures remain that low.
Preferred pH: Between 6 – 7.
Plant spacing: 18” apart
Broccoli prefers full sun and rich moist, sandy soil. Broccoli roots are shallow, so if cultivating, be very careful! When watering, try to keep water off of the broccoli head so to decrease the chance of disease. While only the main head is harvested for most commercial production, home gardeners can harvest the side shoots as well to prolong and increase the broccoli harvest.