Bright green heads somewhat resembling cauliflower. It is made up of individual conical spears in a spiraling pattern. More common in Europe, it is well suited to cool weather areas. Unique flavor and texture more mild than common broccoli. Best grown in the spring or later into the fall. Approximately 80 to 100 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Start seed indoors from early spring in pots, or sow directly into the garden after danger of serious frost has passed. Cover seeds with 1/8 inch of fine soil.
SPACING: Space plants l8 to 24 inches apart in rows spaced 2 to 3 feet apart depending upon available room.
THINNING AND TRANSPLATING: Thin or transplant seedlings when 2 inches tall. Transplant indoor started seedlings, after hardening off and danger of serious frost has passed.
GERMINATION: 7 to 10 days. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Broccoli grows best in a mostly sunny location during the cooler parts of the growing season. Prefers fairly rich soil kept fairly moist. Sideshoots can be harvested after cutting main head which are ideal for a salad or stir-fry. Broccoli can be sown in midsummer for fall crop, or later in summer for possible overwintering in mild winter areas.