1. Watering Brassicas

Asked by Anonymous - July 3, 2011

My Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and winter cauliflower have been planted out about 3 weeks. I watered them in well and they are growing quite good; however, I have not watered them since, but because of the very dry weather, do you think I should water them now or leave them for the roots to go down and find their own moisture?


2. Broccoli Bolting

Asked by Anonymous - July 6, 2011

This is my first time gardening and have just realized my broccoli has ‘bolted’. I didn’t do my homework and made a mistake of planting it too soon. Is there any way to stop or reverse the bolt process? Now that it has ‘bolted’, can I still get a yield from the plant?


3. Black and White Caterpillars on Broccoli Plants

Asked by Anonymous - July 7, 2011

I have black and white caterpillars on my broccoli plants. What is the best way of getting rid of them?

  • The following article should help: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/prevent-caterpillars.htm

    Prevention is key with regular checks of the undersides of leaves, especially during spring and summer. Simply pick off any eggs and dispose of them, along with any caterpillars, which you can either relocate or squash. They can also be dropped into a small bucket of water and drowned. Beneficial predator insects are another option for control. Some quick and easy homemade repellents to keep caterpillars from eating your plants include solutions of water with one of the following plants added: onion, garlic, chives, hot pepper (jalapeno, cayenne), or an herb (basil, coriander, wormwood, peppermint). Steep the leaves in hot water or mix in a blender and strain before spraying. These sprays will successfully repel a wide range of insects. Bt and neem oil are also effective solutions for taking care of caterpillars.

4. Why Haven’t My Broccoli and Cauliflower Grown Heads?

Asked by Lisa Renna - July 9, 2011

My broccoli and cauliflower plants are well spaced out and have absolutely massive leaves, but they don’t seem to be forming heads. There were plants still in the nursery that had heads! My red cabbage plants are also just leaves, and they aren’t forming into balls. Is there something I can do to help them along? Thank you!

  • Broccoli, cauliflower, & cabbage are cold weather plants. They do best in colder temperatures,& have low tolerance of heat. The outer cabbage leaves can be tied together at the top. It helps the plants form the heads.

    Above answer by: ctncndy

5. Broccoli That Has Started to Flower

Asked by Anonymous - July 12, 2011

Can broccoli still be eaten after the yellow flowers start to bloom?


6. Got Beautiful Broccoli but No Heads

Asked by Anonymous - July 14, 2011

Need to know if I can do anything so my broccoli gets heads.


7. Broccoli Bolting

Asked by hubcity9 - July 15, 2011

I purchased a Broccoli starter plant and planted it in early June. The broccoli plant began bolting about three weeks ago. I just learned that once the plant begins to flower (bolt), it is too late to to grow actual broccoli. Is it possible to de-flower the plant now and for the plant to start growing broccoli? If I leave the plant as is, will it produce brocolli in the coming fall? What should be done in order to produce broccoli?

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