Nabisha wrote asking why 5 month old broccoli and cauliflower plants weren't forming heads. We've all heard that too much nitorgen fertilizer can cause a lot of leaves and no flowers or fruits. That could be the case here. However heading problems are usually weather related. They may be cool weather vegetables, they while seedlings, they are tender and don't like cold, wet weather. Hold off planting until temperatures hover around 50 F. or all you will get are tiny, premature heads, called buttons. Once buttons have formed, you may not get a large head at all.
On the flip side, broccoli and cauliflower don't like excess heat and won't form heads if the temperature hits the 90s F. during the day and especially if it doesn't cool off at night. If that happens, frequent watering, mulching and a little shade will help.
Do you have any tips for getting Nabisha's broccoli and cauliflower plants to produce?
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