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Video reply: Broccoli plants, in my experience, find it hard to survive in periods of long, hot drought. These plants will display nutrient deficiencies, the plants will start to shut down, and the lower leaves will change their color.
If you can grow your broccoli plants as seedlings in little containers which you can artificially water and then put out in late August, early September, you might be surprised that you can get some crops later on in the fall. Why not do a trial - leave some plants out, cut them back, and then try some more that you start as seedlings, and let us all know your results.This video reply was first broadcast online during our live plant and gardening Q&A show; the video you see here has been edited from a recording of that show. Got another question? Go to the Q&A page