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Broccoli Resprouts and Bees in the Flowers

When you harvest your Broccoli, cut the main head – close to the head – and allow the plant to continue to grow. It will produce numerous more little heads all over.

Broccoli re-sprouts

Here is another broccoli plant with lots of re-sprouts, or side sprouts.

more broccoli side shoots

Just this week, in Kroger, I noticed these broccoli side sprouts for sale. They weren’t, of course, labeled side sprouts. I don’t recall what they were called, but they were a bit over twice the price of a regular head of broccoli.

I missed harvesting some side shoots here and the yellow flowers sprouted. I left them because they were full of bees. Here are a few pics with a bee in them.

a bee in the broccoli flowers

another bee in more broccoli flowers

I don’t think that I will be interested in saving these seeds.  If broccoli takes as long as turnips to grow and mature seeds, these plants won’t be in the ground that long.  I wouldn’t trust the quality of these seeds anyway -broccoli seeds should always be saved from the primary head.  Also, I don’t have near enough plants flowering for a quality seed.

I’m letting the flowers grow on the side shoots that I don’t harvest in time just for the bees – they need the food – there aren’t many things blooming at this time.

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