Broccoli is a popular vegetable in our kitchens, known for its nutritional value and delicious taste, offering numerous health benefits. Packed with nutrients like vitamin C, provitamin A, iron, beta-carotene, folic acid, and potassium, broccoli can be easily grown at home. Here’s a simple guide on how to plant broccoli in pots.

To start cultivating broccoli at home, the first step is to choose the right type. It is recommended to use the friarielli variety (also known as rapini, turnip tops, and broccoli rabe) because they mature faster (40-55 days) and can be planted in spring.

You can plant broccoli from seeds or seedlings. If you choose seeds, you’ll need to sprout them in a small container with small holes at the base. Once sprouted, transfer them to a large pot with a depth of at least 30 cm.

Check the soil acidity, aiming for a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. If the pH is below 6.0, add acidic compost. If it’s above 7.0, add sulfur granules.

If you opt for planting broccoli seeds, make holes about 1.5 cm deep, spaced about 8-10 cm apart. Place 3-4 seeds in each hole before covering them with soil.

Water generously, ensuring the soil is evenly moist without water accumulation, as broccoli prefers good drainage. A spray bottle can be used to moisten the soil.

Broccoli seeds can germinate even at low temperatures, around 4°C. By cutting the stems at an angle, the plant can better retain water.

Growing broccoli at home is a rewarding experience, providing you with fresh, healthy produce right from your own garden. With the right care and attention, you’ll soon be enjoying your homegrown broccoli.