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Monday, September 21, 2009

What does it mean when broccoli flowers?

I couldn't find broccoli seedlings anywhere, so I planted it from seed - much too late. A few plants are doing well -- at least I think they're doing well. What does it mean when broccoli develops flowers? Is it overripe? Is it ripening? I haven't had much success with broccoli (or cauliflower, either) in the past, so this is all new.

It's a lovely sunny day, and it was hard to isolate the broccoli in a decent picture. Later tonight I'll get at the squash plants (powder mildew, must prune), and I'll stare at the broccoli and wonder what on earth happened here - or if perhaps it's just growing the way it's supposed to grow. Gardening, after all, is a learning process.

3 comments:

lilly said...

It means you didn't pick it in time. This has happened to me a couple of times this summer. When you cut if off and the new bunches of broccoli shoot up, they will do the same if you don't pick them. I love the color of the yellow flowers! This was my first time with broccoli and I am amazed at how many times I was able to pick it and have more and more shoot up. I bet I harvested broccoli from our four plants at least 10-15 times! Great savings from the store!

Beth said...

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Daisy said...

Ah,well, I didn't pick it in time. I guess it'll be bunny food.