New reply from Gardnercer

<p>It sounds like your broccoli plants are bolting, which means they are producing flowers and seeds instead of heads. This can happen for several reasons, such as:</p>
<p>Too hot or too cold weather. Broccoli is a cool-season vegetable that prefers temperatures between 60 to 70°F (15 to 21°C). If the temperature goes above 75°F (24°C) or below 50°F (10°C), the plants may bolt prematurely.<br />Lack of water or nutrients. Broccoli needs consistent moisture and adequate nitrogen to form large, dense heads. If the soil is too dry or poor in organic matter, the plants may become stressed and bolt.<br />Root damage or transplant shock. Broccoli has a sensitive root system that can be harmed by pests, diseases, or rough handling. If the roots are damaged or the plants are transplanted too late, they may not develop proper heads.<br />Overcrowding. Broccoli needs enough space <a href=""><span data-sheets-root="1" data-sheets-value="{"1":2,"2":"Be Ball Players"}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":769,"3":{"1":0},"11":3,"12":0}">Be Ball Players</span></a> to grow and get sunlight. If the plants are too close together, they may compete for resources and produce small or loose heads35.<br />To prevent bolting, you can try the following tips:</p>
<p>Plant at the right time. Broccoli seeds are best planted in a greenhouse 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. You can transplant the seedlings outside once the frost is over and the temperature is around 50°F (10°C).<br />Water and fertilize regularly. Broccoli needs about 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 3.8 cm) of water per week and a balanced fertilizer every 3 to 4 weeks. You can also add compost and mulch to improve the soil quality and moisture retention.<br />Protect from extreme temperatures. Broccoli can tolerate some frost, but not freezing or scorching weather. You can use row covers, cloches, or shade cloth to shield the plants from cold or heat stress.<br />Space the plants properly. Broccoli plants need about 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm) of space between them and 24 to 36 inches (60 to 90 cm) between rows. This will allow them to get enough light and air circulation.<br />If your broccoli plants have already bolted, you can still harvest and eat the florets and leaves.</p>

Original Post by Teddi

broccoli flowering but no heads

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<p>I have tried to grow the organic TandM broccoli but it's shot up to about 3ft high and is flowering but no central head has formed. Anyone know why?</p>


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