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tinysprouts at the base of cole plants

 
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Curt (a permies guy from here) was coming to visit and get some Jerusalem Artichokes, and before he came I was pulling a few frozen things from my gardens.

When I went to pull the cauliflower and broccoli stumps..I was simply shocked to find that there were gobs and gobs of tiny baby sprouts coming out at the root level of the plants.

Will try to transplant some of these into the greenhouse to see what they do this fall, but what a surprise to find that they had produced tiny little offshoots..might have had something to do with our droughts and up and down temps..with 2 weeks of rain in between..??

anyone else ever notice this? I've had them produce secondary TOPS before but not dozens and dozens of tiny plants around the "roots"
 
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So they're suckering around the base?  That's very interesting!

 
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They're trying to tell you that they are happy there.  If the only knew what winter was like!  LOL
 
                                    
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i saw this on eggplant and tomatoes this year.  we had a frost in early september and unusually warm weather since.
 
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you wont get a head of broccoli but youll get lots of broccoli raab type greens. i have a broccoli plant that is 3 years old. its just getting over summer and starting to regrow new shoots for fall/winter eating.

just dont let it get too crowded.
 
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oh that's intersting, never even thought of eating them immature..what a great idea..thanks for the reminder..I'll leave them in the ground and do cut and come again until they are gone.
 
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