GB CULTURAL INFO: C, W/Matures 8-9+/Harvest 4-12/Yield heads 26-53, leaves 52-106/Spacing 15"
DAYS TO MAT: 56-85 days
SEEDS PER PACKET: 110
SOURCE CODE: O
APPROX GERM DAYS: 4-7
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/4"
WHEN TO PLANT: Early Spring, Fall
PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Start seed in flats. Transplant seedlings 15" apart into well-prepared soil. Make sure there is good fertility, and the soil is not too acid. Transplant deeper than in the flat, up to the first leaves. Matures in 8-9 weeks. Start in early spring for an early summer crop, and in late summer for fall. Cut heads when 3-4" in diameter, with dark-green coloring of unopened flower heads. Harvest side-shoots regularly to encourage continued production.
BOTANICAL NAME: Beta vulgaris
DESCRIPTION: Named after the city in Brazil (pronounced peer-a-SEE-ca-ba) where there are beautiful waterfalls--and the university that developed this heat-tolerant broccoli. Halfway between a standard grocery store broccoli and a broccoli raab, with large plants that produce lots of succulent small green heads. Heads, stalks and leaves are all sweet and tender. Good frost tolerance for fall sowing, but the thing that got our attention was its hot-weather performance in trials in California. It produced heads when temperatures were in the 90's.