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.
Broccoli – Calabrese – Brassica oleracea (Botrytis group)
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.
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