I learned that there are three main types of broccoli; Calabrese broccoli, Purple cauliflower, and Sprouting broccoli. These crops come in different shapes, sizes, and color. They do not grow well in hot weather, in Florida that would include a number of months. For me to get winter harvest, I had to plant my seeds indoors for about 4 weeks in October before transplanting them. After four weeks, I transferred the broccoli sprouts to my garden. You could however, plant the seeds directly in a the soil rather than transplanting. I have read that broccoli once established can even grow in the snow, so I would not be afraid to plant as late as in January. If you time it right, I bet in Florida you can get two crops back to back during the winter months.
Most vegetables need moderate to higher nutrient soil so be sure to use a good complete organic fertilizer before planting in your garden. Or do what I did which was sprinkle the COF on the sides once established. You should choose a site with fertile and well-drained soil. The bed needs to be watered thoroughly before seedlings are set out. During the process of setting out seedling, you need to leave a space of about 18 to 20 inches. Growing broccoli has been easy, and we have been able to get a healthy and tasty vegetable for our home. This one we will plant again and again. A winner in my opinion for a central Florida garden.