Outstanding sweet flavor and tender texture.
The most ancient type of broccoli,
renowned for flavor and superior nutritional value.
These need to go through a winter to produce their heads and are generally planted around the first of August. In early spring, long before other types are ready, many small, sweet purple heads forms all over the large plants, so you get a lot. They will survive nighttime temperatures to 15F in the open but need protection if weather is colder or ground is likely to freeze. Requires some winter cold in order to make flower shoots; in totally frost-free climates, it will make a big leafy plant with few sprouts. Best in zones 6-9.
Large plant is very productive, handsome, and dependable.
Very rare in the US, traditional European heirloom.
BOTANICAL NAME: Brassica oleracea var. italica
Sow late July-large plant produces heads the next spring, before spring sown crops are big enough to harvest. Work in plenty of compost or other organic matter to assure fertility and hold moisture; lime if PH is low. Start in flats in cool location, plant out on 15" centers. Mulch to retain moisture. Withstands nighttime lows to 15F, but if ground freezes or freezing temperatures go all day, will need a coldframe or row cover and mulch. Harvest for up to 8 weeks in spring.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: C /Matures 8-9+/Harvest 4-12 /Yield heads 26-53, leaves 52-106/ Spacing 15"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :Tolerates winter cold