Easy to grow successfully in average soil, not too greedy for a brassica, and reasonably hardy. Produces a profusion of walnut-sized buds with a superior cabbage- like flavor. The small heads can be eaten raw, steamed, or sauteed in butter. The leaves can be chopped and cooked as a potherb.
Needs cool, moist weather with some frost at maturity, and staking in windy sites. Requires long growing season and tastes best when matured in cool weather. Frost sweetens flavor, adds vitamins. When a bud starts to bulge from stem, remove the leaf below it. When harvest slacks off, pinch out top to redirect energy to sprouts. Harvest until December, or all-winter in milder climates. Keep well watered.
Br. oleracea v. gemmifera / C/Matures 11-13/Harvest 12/Yield 70-140/Spacing 18"