Tips For Growing Broccoli Rabe In Containers
Eaten with its immature bʟᴏssom heads, broccoli rabe, sometimes referred to as broccoletto, is a leafy green. Although it has a name and a similar appearance to broccoli, it is actually more ᴄʟᴏsᴇly related to turnips and has a deeper, spicier flavor.
It’s a wonderful vegetable to keep on hand for cooking that grows quickly. Can it, however, be grown in a pot? Learn more about growing broccoli rabe in containers by reading on.
Can you grow broccoli in pots? In a nutshell, absolutely, provided you handle it properly. Broccoli rabe grows quickly and is fairly small. It is also consumed relatively early, about 45 days after planting on average, unlike broccoli. This indicates that broccoli rabe cultivated in containers doesn’t require much room to spread out. Even younger harvesting is possible, and it can be produced as a cut-and-come-again salad green.
For potted broccoletto, a container with a diameter of around 24 inches (61 cm) is excellent. Choose a high-quality soilless potting mix because the plants require healthy, well-draining soil, and use a pot with enough drainage holes. The optimal conditions for broccoli rabe growth are full sun and moderate heat.
The optimum times to plant it are in the spring or fall (winter in really hot climates), and you should situate it where it will get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Try shifting the container to a location that receives some afternoon shade if your sunshine is too hot or harsh.
You have the benefit of being able to test out various quantities of sunshine because containers are portable. To extend the growing season, you can also start in direct sunlight in the chilly spring and migrate to a more shady location in the summer.