Popular and easy to grow.

Go beyond the grocery store, and discover all kinds--

one for every planting schedule, climate, and cooking style.

There are purple, dark green, and blue-green types. There are small early kinds for quick single crops and large plants that bear for months. There are even overwintering broccoli that bear purple sprouts very early in spring. We recommend planting a few kinds for longest harvest and mealtime variety. Very high in antioxidants.

Heading types are more like what you see in the store, with a main central head.
After the central head is cut, most of these will make additional, smaller heads from side shoots. Check the variety description to find out how long they will do this and what the heads are like. 
Sprouting types are more like the bunches of  "broccolini" you may have seen, with small loose heads that are used along with their attached stems and leaves

These have two possible life cycles--annual and overwintering. The annual types are planted and used the same season, usually making a very fast crop one time. The overwintering kind makes a huge plant that is planted in fall, goes through the winter, and then makes hundreds of heads over a long period in early spring. You will probably want both, since they have different time slots and uses.

All broccoli like moist, fertile soil and cool weather. 

Brief overnight frosts are fine; broccoli is very hardy. Protect the heads from too much rain, which will cause rot and mold; row covers or a cold frame work well for winter crops or getting an early start. 

Brassica oleracea var. italica / C/Matures 8-9+/Harvest 4-12/Yield heads 26-53, leaves 52-106/Spacing 15"

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