Let’s start by noting that if you have a vegetable garden, don’t forget to include broccoli because it’s easy to understand how to cultivate the food, especially in Nigeria.
In case you were curious about its origin? Broccoli earned its name from the Italian word “broccolo,” which means “cabbage sprout.”
‘How do I cultivate this tough vegetable as it performs best in chilly zones?’, you might wonder if you live in Nigeria. It is obvious. Just produce broccoli throughout the cooler months of the year and you are good.
With broccoli, you can aim for a large harvest because the plants continue to send up side shoots for weeks after the main heads have been cut, so you might even be able to collect continuously throughout the season.
Importance of growing broccoli in Nigeria
Broccoli is a star when it comes to nutrition and health advantages. The absolute significance of broccoli is represented by the following:
- Vitamins: Broccoli is a good source of essential vitamins including Vitamins K, C, and others.
- Low in calories: The vegetable has few calories, making it a good choice for dieters.
- Fibre-rich: It contains plenty of fiber to support gastrointestinal health and decrease cholesterol.
- Potassium-rich: Broccoli contains potassium, which supports neuron function and heart contraction.
- Folate: Another nutrient found in broccoli is folate. Your body’s systems build and maintain new cells with folate.
- Sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli, has been shown in studies to have some anti-cancer potential.
The fact that Nigeria is not located in a cold climate does not exclude broccoli from growing there. So, don’t worry. Because broccoli plants are tolerant, they can grow in shady areas as well.
Heave a sigh of relief now that you know that broccoli plants need lots of sunlight for the majority of the growing period. So now the weather in Nigeria can boast. Haha.
It’s a well-kept secret! Until your plant is big enough to produce tremendous yield heads, keep it cool and moist to successfully grow broccoli in Nigeria.
Continuous irrigation is necessary since hot, dry weather will hurt your broccoli because it will lead it to head up early and produce small, subpar heads.
Your broccoli plants can store the nutrients they require to grow properly in their leaves and stalks if you maintain favorable circumstances.
Choose heat-resistant types like the Green Goliath, Green Duke, and Flash above anything else. In Nigeria, they should perform admirably.
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