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Best variety for bunched side shoots.

Sturdy 20" plants support 5-6" loose, dark blue green heads with medium to large beads and long stalks (hard to find with modern hybrids). Developed to withstand increasing cold for fall maturity. Heat-sensitive.

Fall crop

Many side shoots

5-6" heads

Open-Pollinated

 

Details:

Plat lufe cycle: annual

Site:full sun

Days to maturiety: 85-90

Seed depth: 1/2"

Plant spacing: 24-30"

Row spacing:24-36"

Approx  seeds per packet: 1/16 oz

 

Cultural info:

Broccoli is a cool season biennial in the Brassicaceae family, sharing species name Brassica oleracea with cauliflower, cabbage, collards, kale, brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi. Some broccoli varieties produce one large head followed by few side shoots, while others, like the heirloom De Cicco, produce many smaller spears.

 

Soil Nutrients and Requirements

Broccoli prefers well drained fertile soils high in organic matter. It will tolerate slightly alkaline soil, performing best in the 6.0 – 7.5 range. A general guideline is 2-3 lbs of 8-16-16 fertilizer over 100 sq ft of garden area two weeks before planting. If boron is not present in your soils, consider adding 1 Tbs per 100 sq ft. If soils are heavy or tend to be wet, a raised bed is recommended.

 

 

When to Sow

Start indoors 4-6 weeks before planting date. Plant outside as soon as the chance of hard frost has passed. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 65-75°F, but broccoli will germinate as low as 50°F. Fall plantings can be direct seeded or transplanted in mid-summer. Although it will tolerate warmer temperatures, Broccoli will be grow best at temperatures in the 60°s, so plan your plantings around the temperatures in your area.

 

Other Considerations

Broccoli is shallow rooted. Be careful with even shallow cultivation.

 

Harvest

Broccoli heads should be harvested while the heads are still tight. Check fields every 2-3 days since once heads have loosened, quality is quickly compromised. After the main head is harvested, some varieties produce side shoots with smaller heads. Regular harvesting of side shoots will encourage further growth. Cool broccoli immediately after harvest to retain quality.

 

Storage

Store at 32°F for 1-2 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

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