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Questions About Broccoli Rabe Plants

Asked by
mrjdm on
October 9, 2012

Q. Broccoli Rabe and Caterpillars

Within the last week my broccoli rabe has grown about a foot; however, caterpillars are now prolific, eating everything. They are green and about 1-1 1/2′ in size. How do I get rid of them?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 10, 2012
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Asked by
clarke on
November 15, 2012

Q. Why Haven’t My Broccoli Rabe Formed Any Flowers?

My plants are up to my waist with beautiful leaves, but no flowers. HELP

Thanks, Clarke

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
November 16, 2012
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If planted early in the fall or late in the spring, this crop requires about 60 to 65 days from seeding to first harvest of the flower heads. If planted in the late fall harvest is usually delayed until late winter or early spring.

Thuis article could help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/broccoli-rabe/broccoli-rabe.htm

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Asked by
Steck.nancy9 on
August 7, 2015

Q. My broccoli rabe has no flower, just leaves

There is no broccoli sprout. It’s just leaves. Is there something missing in the soil? I have raised beds with bagged soil.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 10, 2015
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They don't develop heads for the same reason they bolt, which is the heat. This article, which would apply to your broccoli rabe plants too, should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/broccoli/broccoli-not-forming-heads.htm

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Asked by
mets600 on
November 17, 2015

Q. Broccoli rabe

I’m having plants that are growing with big leaves but no Broccoli. I just picked because the bottom of the leaves are starting to yellow. Is this normal for the plant not to have any broccoli on the plant? And is this safe to eat?

Thank you

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 18, 2015
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Broccoli Rabe is a vegetable more closely related to turnips and beets.
The leaves are harvested and eaten.
This vegetable does not form Broccoli heads.
Here is a some more information for you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/broccoli-rabe/broccoli-rabe.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/broccoli-rabe/harvesting-broccoli-raab.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/broccoli/how-to-grow-broccoli.htm

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Asked by
big_joe on
July 6, 2016

Q. broccoli rabe

Do you trim the leaves to make the crown grow?

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LuvaLeigh on
July 8, 2016
Asked by
Anonymous on
August 20, 2017

Q. Brocolli rabe

I was given brocolli rabe that had gone to seed. I dried out the pods and planted the seeds, all within a matter of 4 weeks. Will the seeds produce the plant?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 21, 2017
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Yes, as long as the seeds were mature when harvested they should germinate and grow fine. Keep the seeds moist until they germinate. It should take about 65-70 days after planting before it is ready to harvest. Broccoli rabe can cross pollinate with many related vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc. so don't be surprised if the offspring is a hybrid and doesn't look much like the parent.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/broccoli/saving-broccoli-seeds.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/broccoli/how-to-grow-broccoli.htm

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Asked by
Dew625 on
June 16, 2018

Q. My broccoli rabe has flowered. Is the plant still edible?

My broccoli rabe plants have not grown very tall. Maybe less than 12 inches. But they have flowered. I have been pinching off the flowers hoping the plants would grow and fill in. But they just keep flowering. This was my first attempt at growing it. I am ready to throw in the towel and harvest them. Just wanted to know if they would still be edible.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 16, 2018
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It will be edible, but probably not very tasty. This will, usually, be caused by warmer weather. There will be no way to combat this, except to possibly plant it out earlier.

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