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My broccolli plants had a fare amount of caterpillar nibbling in late summer , and have a lot of very bare lower leaves , although the centres have recovered a little , with nice new growth. Would it be of any benefit to the plant, to take off these lower stripped leaves?

Dovefromabove

Not really in my opinion - only if they're showing signs of any rot would I remove them.  Just make sure the pigeons keep off them now, and stake them if you're in a windy spot.  Broccoli is amazingly resilient, you'll get a crop even if it's a little later than in some years. 

many thanks for that advice, Its a great help on here, someone always has an answer!!

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