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Broccoli - Calabrese - Brassica oleracea (Botrytis group)
Hardy Annual Heirloom. Delicious, bluish-green close-beaded heads can reach 8". Bears until frost producing several side shoots after the central head has been harvested. Brought with Italian immigrants in the late 1880's. Good for home or market, freezing and canning.
Soil & Water: Broccoli should be planted in well-composted soil with good drainage and air circulation. Plants prefer a soil pH of 6.2-7.2.
Planting & Growing: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost or seed directly 4 weeks before last frost, or seed directly in late summer for fall crops.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest when heads are tight, before yellow flowers appear. Side heads may continue to produce for several weeks. Flavor improves with cooler temperatures. Use shade fabric to extend summer harvests.
Did You Know? Broccoli is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium, phosphorus and iron.
Soil Temperature: 75-85F
Planting Depth: 1/4"
Germination: 4-20 Days
Height At Maturity: 18"-30"
Days To Maturity: 60-90 Days
Sun/Shade: Partial Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 1'-2'
Approx Seeds per Pack: 100 Seeds
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply brand vegetable seeds from packs are guaranteed to germinate. Once the seeds have sprouted, please understand that Peaceful Valley cannot be held responsible for the many uncontrollable growing and climatic conditions that must be met to insure the success of your crop(s).
Peaceful Valley brand vegetable seeds are all non-GMO and Certified Organic.
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Beautiful blue green plant with extremely tender broccoli heads. After the head is harvested the plants continued to produce lots of new shoots with broccoli clusters. They grew about 4 feet in height and when left to bloom looked like huge wild bushes covered in sweet yellow flowers. The bees absolutely loved this plant and the flowers are edible and taste quite nice in a salad- though avoid the mature buds right before bloom. The have a mealy flavor.<br /><br />Next season I intend on planting again.Review by Heather (on 5/9/13)