My broccoli is not forming heads. They are like side shoots. Why?
Broccoli Not Forming Heads
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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.