Last summer I posted a picture of two broccoli plants that had refused to flower and had grown to a large size instead. I speculated at the time that a second winter might prompt them to produce an enormous crop. It did, sort of.


The one on the right is a normal-sized plant on top of a large stalk. But the one on the left is truly enormous. It is just over 1.5m tall; getting a photograph looking down onto it to show the flowers was a matter of holding the camera above my head and aiming by guesswork.


I don’t think that keeping a broccoli plant for an extra year is ever likely to become accepted practice. But it is interesting to know that if it happens by accident the results may be worth having. Unless you are president George H. W. Bush, of course.

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