The Broccoli rabe is also known as broccoletto and is a leafy green eaten vegetable with its immature flower heads. The Broccoli rabe looks a lot like broccoli and also shares a name. The Broccoli rabe is actually more closely related to a turnip, and it has a darker, spicier flavor. The Broccoli rabe is a tasty, fast growing vegetable to have on hand for cooking. The question now is can you grow it in a pot? Just continue reading to learn more about how to grow broccoli rabe in containers.
Growing Broccoli Rabe in Pots
Can you grow potted Broccoli rabe? The short answer is actually yes, as long as you treat the plant right. Broccoletto is fast growing and relatively compact. Unlike broccoli, Broccoletto is eaten very young, usually ready for harvest about forty-five days after planting. This means container grown Broccoletto doesn’t need a lot of space to spread out. It can be easily harvested even younger and grown as a cut-and-come-again salad green.
How to Grow Broccoletto in Containers
The ideal container size for potted Broccoli rabe is about twenty-four inches (61 cm.) in diameter. The plants actually need fertile, well-draining soil, you need to pick a good quality soilless potting mix and also make sure you use a pot with adequate drainage holes. Broccoletto grows best in full sun, however it does not do well in intense heat. It’s actually best to plant it in spring or fall (winter in very hot climates) and also place it in a spot that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. If your sunlight is very hot or intense you can try moving the container to a spot that gets some protective shade in the afternoon. Because pots are moveable, you really have the advantage of being able to test out different amounts of sunlight. You can also start in direct light in the cooler spring and then move to a shadier spot in the heat of summer to extend the growing season.