Broccoli

By pjain      Published July 3, 2019, 7:15 a.m. in blog Gardening   

Broccoli

Plant in Cupertino - Mar1-Apr30, Sep1-30

Burpee Broccoli Waltham 29 Seed Model # 65831 HD $1 Store SKU # 269703 200 seeds Eat healthy all summer long just by walking to your garden when you plant the Broccoli Waltham 29 Seed. The seeds grow to 4 in. in height and are ready to harvest in about 10 weeks. A variety prized for its lovely dark blue-green heads and marvelous flavor. Known for producing large heads and long stalks, this longtime favorite is excellent for cooking fresh or freezing. The 4-6" dark blue-green heads are arrayed with side shoots. Developed to withstand cold, it performs outstandingly in the fall.

Designed to grow in full sun
Germinates in 18 days

FULL SUN
Harvest after 10 weeks - maturity is 74 days
Space 16 in. apart
4 in. mature height spreads to 24"

Burpee International Collection Italian Vegetable Broccoli Romanesco Seed Model # 69603 HD$1 200 seeds ea With beautiful, apple-green whorled heads, this variety has been a culinary delight since the 16th century. Romanesco is the preeminent Italian heirloom variety and was first documented in Italy in the 16th century. Its crisp, beautiful apple-green whorled heads impart an altogether pleasing, nutty taste. Most often enjoyed raw, the broccoli, if lightly cooked, will retain its flavor and unique texture. Sun: Full Sun Sowing Method: Indoor Sow - put it in medium that it can germinate in Days to Maturity: 75-100 days Height: 2-3 feet Spread: 12 inches Thinning: 12 inches

How to Sow - A cool season crop. Sow broccoli seeds in average soil in early spring, or in midsummer for fall crop. In Deep South, Gulf and Pacific Coast areas, sow from fall to early spring. Start seeds indoors about 8 weeks before outdoor planting time. In rows 24" apart, sow seeds thinly and cover with 1/4" of fine soil. Keep evenly moist. Place containers in a south facing window or under grow lights until seedlings emerge. Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days. Provide seedlings plenty of light after they sprout - supplemental grow-lights can help if a sunny enough place indoors is difficult to provide.

How to Grow - When growing broccoli plants, thin to stand about 16" apart when seedlings are 1-2" high. Move plants to a sheltered location outdoors for one week before transplanting into the garden to "harden off." After the last heavy frost transplant hardened-off seedlings outdoors to an area with rich, well-drained soil, in full sun. Set them 1-2’ apart in rows 2’ apart.

PEST = Once planted out, floating row covers help keep pests at bay.

Harvesting - Pick broccoli when heads have tight, firm buds- about 50-60 days after transplant. Cut off central head along with 6" of stem so broccoli plants will produce smaller heads, which you can also harvest. Eat the heads raw or cooked.

CAN I GROW BROCCOLI? Broccoli is a slow-growing, cool-season crop that grows best in full sun. The key to success is to grow broccoli where they are sure to get a full days worth of sun, and no shade.

PLANT HISTORY Broccoli is an extremely popular home gardener favorite grown by over half of all Burpee gardeners. Long ago it was a favorite of the ancient Romans. Thomas Jefferson grew broccoli in his famed gardens at Monticello.

BROCCOLI SEEDS OR PLANTS? Start broccoli seeds indoors at least 4 weeks before your last frost in spring.

CULTIVATION Broccoli likes cooler temperatures, so a light dressing of mulch always helps keep the roots cool and moist.

BROCCOLI GROWING TIPS Broccoli needs lots of water to maintain constant growth.

INSECTS & DISEASES Broccoli is sometimes bothered by common pests. If they are a problem in your garden, the best solution is to use floating row covers to keep out any insects. To prevent diseases, avoid planting broccoli in the same spot each year.

BROCCOLI HARVEST TIPS Pick broccoli when the heads have formed into tight, firm clusters. Using a sharp knife cut off the head with about 6 inches of stem attached. This will encourage growth of the side shoots for additional, smaller broccoli harvests.

RECIPES & STORAGE Broccoli is flavorful raw and cooked. It is a staple in most veggie trays and is fabulous cooked in soups, stir-fries and stews.


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