When To Harvest Broccoli – How To Know When It’s Ready

Growing and harvesting broccoli is a rewarding experience that most farmers enjoy. When you grow your broccoli and see the heads forming, you start wondering when the right time to harvest is. And what signs you should watch for.

The answer to this question lies at your fingertips. You can know when to harvest your broccoli by touching the head and squeezing it gently. If the head is firm and tightly packed, then it’s ready for harvest. If the head is soft and has spaces between the florets with flowers opening, it is past harvest time.

How Do You Know When to Harvest Broccoli?

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Signs that Show your Broccoli are Ready

The broccoli has a head. This is the most obvious sign to check out for. The ready to harvest broccoli must have a firm and tight head.


Broccoli’s head size. The ready head should measure between 4 to 7 inches wide...

Individual floret size. The size of the individual flower buds is the most reliable indicator. Check the florets on the outside edge of the head; they must be the size of the match stick head.


Florets color. Ready to harvest florets are deep green in color. Any hint of yellow color means the florets are starting to bloom because they are overgrown...

The best way to know when to harvest broccoli is to consult your seed packet for 2 important things. The expected day of maturity and the expected size of the broccoli head. Each variety grows to a different size in about 100 days from the date of planting.


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