What Is Belstar Broccoli: How To Care For Belstar Broccoli Variety

What Is Belstar Broccoli: How To Care For Belstar Broccoli Variety

By:
Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist







Broccoli
is a classic vegetable that fits into many international cuisines and offers
plenty of nutrition. If you want a variety with tight heads and prolific
flowering, try growing Belstar broccoli. With just 66 days to maturity, you will
be enjoying your own broccoli crop in just a few months! Keep reading for
further Belstar broccoli info, including when and how to plant this delicious
variety.

What is Belstar Broccoli?

The Belstar broccoli variety is an organic hybrid variety
suitable for either spring or summer planting. Just like any other broccoli,
Belstar doesn’t do well in hot temperatures. Plants in the Brassica family are
high in vitamins C and K, fiber, and manganese. They are being studied for
their ability to fight cancer. Broccoli is one of the tastier varieties of this
family.

The Belstar variety is very adaptable and produces stress
tolerant plants. Not only does it develop a large central head, but the side
shoots produce numerous smaller heads. The florets are dense and deeply bluish
green. The largest heads can reach 6 inches (15 cm.) across. The plant also has
great disease resistance.

Belstar Broccoli Info

Belstar can be planted in spring or late summer. It has an
excellent ability to germinate in warm weather, but plants should be protected
from extreme heat. Broccoli needs well-drained
soil
with plenty of organic
matter
incorporated and a soil
pH
of 6.0-7.5. Plants need plenty of water to ensure good flower head
formation.

Mulch around the plants to keep soil cool and prevent weeds.
Practice
crop rotation
with non-cruciferous crops to help prevent disease and pest
problems. Broccoli’s tight heads absorb chemical sprays easily and is hard to
rinse off any remaining residue. Use organic
sprays
to prevent contaminating the heads.

Tips on Growing Belstar Broccoli

If you want a spring crop sow seeds in flats 1/4 inch (.64
cm.) deep, three to four weeks before planting out. You can also sow into
prepared beds when soil is warmed up and workable. Thin seedlings to 18 inches
(46 cm.) apart. The best temperatures are 60-70 F. (16-21 C.).

For a fall crop, start seeds 10-12 weeks before the first
expected frost. Direct sow 2 to 4 inches apart (5-10 cm.) and thin once plants
have two pairs of true leaves.

Harvest
the side shoots as they come to promote more and help establish the large central
head. Ice broccoli after harvesting to preserve the crunch.

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