When Do You Harvest Broccoli?

When do you harvest broccoli?  We get this question all the time about when to know to pick broccoli and how to know it’s ready for harvesting.

Signs To Look Out For And Know When To Harvest Broccoli

Broccoli harvesting is a bit tricky for some gardeners, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.  There are few signs to look out for and know when it’s ready.  They include: ...

Once you have all the signs above, then it’s time to harvest your broccoli.  Harvesting is a simple process.  Take a sharp knife and use it to cut the head of the broccoli off the plant.

How To Harvest Broccoli

The Side Shoots

Most people do not know that besides the whole head, the broccoli plant produces other small side shoots that are edible.

In general, you can harvest up to 2 or 3 times for a period of up to 3 months.  The plant will produce its first large center head, and once this is harvested, the small side shoots continue to grow.

How Many Times Can You Harvest From A Single Broccoli Head?

As you wait for your broccoli to mature, you can harvest the young leaves for an extra treat.  They have the same flavor as the heads and are delicious sauteed in oil or butter.

Oh, Did You Know You Can Harvest The Leaves Too?

Once you have given your broccoli plant time to grow the side shoots and harvested them, too, your plant is finished for the season.

What To Do With Spent Broccoli Plants

Growing broccoli is easy, and every gardener can try with as few as 5 to 10 plants to learn the process slowly.  Besides germinating the seeds, which is tricky for beginners, the rest of the growth process is pretty much flowing.


When Do You Harvest Broccoli?