Broccoli Plants

Broccoli Not Forming Heads

moms11 added on August 3, 2011 | Answered

My broccoli is not forming heads. They are like side shoots. Why?

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Answered on August 5, 2011

If they are producing side shoots, this means the terminal bud (where the head would have been) was damaged and will not form. The damage may have been from slugs, caterpillars or rodents.

The side shoots are edible and will taste as good as the head would, but will not form a large head like the main bud would have. You can harvest these small shoots and normally you can get about a half heads worth of florets.

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