GB CULTURAL INFO: C/Matures 11-13/Harvest 4-6/Yield 70-140/Spacing 18"/p>
DAYS TO MAT: 80-90 days
SEEDS PER PACKET: 75
SOURCE CODE: O
APPROX GERM DAYS: 5-17
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/4"
WHEN TO PLANT: Spring
PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Sown in flats late March, should mature by the end of June. Start seeds in pots or flats 1-2" apart. Transplant seedlings 15" apart into well-prepared soil, after digging in compost and lime, if needed. Produces many smaller sprouts rather than one huge head - cut the center head before individual buds get loose and open; this will be followed by a crop of side-shoots. Withstands rainy weather well, and may be started in late summer for a fall crop; winter hardy in zones 8-10.
BOTANICAL NAME: Brassica oleracea var. italica
DESCRIPTION: This open pollinated broccoli produces a very early head, located high up on the stalk away from slugs and snails. These are smaller, early primary heads followed by secondary florets that are ready by the time other varieties produce their primary crop. Produces many harvests of smaller florets rather than one huge head. Seeds started in flats late in March produced plants ready for harvest by June 21st last year. The plant has a beautiful blue-green color, due to the waxy coating which seems to give it great resistance to wet conditions, rots, molds, and freezing. (overwintered here in zone 8) Many harvests of great-tasting florets over a long season.