Broccoli is a widely used vegetable in our kitchen. They are nutritious and delicious, and have many health benefits. They contain many nutrients, including vitamin C, provitamin A, iron, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium, and can be planted at home: we will explain how below.
To grow broccoli at home, you must first choose the type. It is advisable to use the friarielli variety (also called rapini, cime di rapa and broccoletti), because it matures more quickly (40-55 days) and can be planted in the spring.
Growing broccoli at homeTo plant broccoli, you can start from seeds or sprouts. If you choose the first option, you will need to sprout them in a small container with small holes at the base.
Once planted in a large pot at least 30 cm deep, check the acidity of the soil: it is advisable to use one with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.
If the pH level of your soil is below 6.0, add an acidic compound. If the pH level is above 7.0 add sulfur granules.
If you have decided to plant broccoli seeds, make holes about 1.5 cm deep, with a distance of about 8-10 cm between them. Place 3-4 seeds in each hole before covering it with soil.
Water thoroughly, trying to moisten all the soil without leaving any water accumulation: broccoli prefers good drainage. You can use a spray bottle to moisten the soil.
Broccoli can germinate even at temperatures as low as 4°C. Cutting the stems at an angle will help the plant retain water.