How to Get Broccoli Seeds From Broccoli?
The first thing you need to do is get your hands on some broccoli seeds. You can buy them online or at a garden center. If you are lucky enough to have access to a local garden center, then they probably got their broccoli seeds from there. They will likely sell out quickly so if you don’t see any available, try calling ahead and ask what varieties they might have in stock.
If you want to grow your own broccoli seeds, then it’s best to start with those that are most readily available. Those that are hard to come by such as the ones from the grocery store.
These may not produce much at all so you won’t be able to use them anyway because they’re too old or damaged.
It is possible to get fresh broccoli seeds but they aren’t very common and even harder to obtain than fresh tomatoes. You’ll have to go to a nursery and hope that they have some in stock.
You could also attempt to grow your own broccoli seeds by buying them from a seed company like Fruity Plants. However, these are expensive and you’re going to need more than just one bunch of broccoli seeds.
So unless you really want to spend money on something else, it would be better if you stick with the supermarket variety which will cost less and give you more chances of getting fresh broccoli seeds!
What Time Of Year Should You Start?
While it’s true that you can grow broccoli seeds at any time of the year, spring is definitely going to be the best time to do this. This is when you harvest the entire plant and are going to need a decent amount for yourself. Otherwise, you can wait until the start of the next growing season in the spring.
If you want to grow your own broccoli, then it’s best to start in the spring because this is when you can plant them outdoors. You want to wait until all danger of frost has passed and the soil temperature is at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Be warned that it can take around three months before they are ready to harvest so prepare yourself for some patience!
What Supplies Do You Need?
The thing that you’re going to need the most is patience. It can take up to three months before your plant is ready to harvest.
Other than that, you’re only going to need a few other things. The first being a container that holds at least 6 inches of water such as a bucket or tub.
You are also going to need potting soil, garden soil that is free of weeds, and some sort of marker for your seed starting container so you don’t get them mixed up. It can be anything from an old plastic cup to an egg carton. Just make sure that it’s easy to label.
If you’re going the route of starting fresh seeds, then you should pick up a seed starting kit. These usually come with the soil and container (or at least they should).
You can even try using an egg carton . All you have to do is fill each section with soil and place a seed in each hole. Keep in mind that you are going to need a lot of these if you are planning on saving more than a few seeds.
The last thing you are going to need is some patience as we already mentioned!
What Should You Know?
There is a lot to know about growing broccoli seeds, such as what can go wrong and how to fix it. We are going to try to cover everything that you need to know, but remember, we can’t include every single thing. Just keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something or are missing vital information.
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