What to Do If Broccoli Plants Flower?

Broccoli Plants Flowering

The majority of the time when we are growing vegetables we can’t wait for them to follow – that means a harvest is near. Yet that cannot be said for some veggies, particularly broccoli. If our broccoli plants begin to flower that means our harvest time has already past. What is one to do if you walk outside and see your broccoli covered with bright yellow flowers. Time to make a bouquet?

What to Do If Broccoli Plants Flower?

The good news all hope is not lost. Simply cut off the broccoli. The plant should eventually start producing side shoots of smaller heads of broccoli. Every variety of broccoli I have ever grown has always produce more broccoli after the main head was cut off. Look up your variety online to see if it is suppose to produce side shoot. The side shoots don’t get as big but they are just as tasty.

Broccoli Plants Flowering

Can You Eat Broccoli That Has Flowered?
If part of the florets have begin to flower but not all of them and there is still unopened florets, then go ahead in taste them. Do they taste bitter at all? In my experience I have found that broccoli that has some opened flowers on it is still enjoyable to eat if it’s from early in the season or if it’s the main head. If it’s only flowered a little, you could just picked off the parts that have flowered and discard them before use.

Now if the plant is older, thus trying to preserve itself for the next generation, the taste will more likely be bitter and you will want to discard. Either way if your plant grows further side shoots there is a chance those will taste perfectly fine, but again less optimism if it’s near the end of the plant’s growing cycle.