Broccoli Seeds

Useful gardening information

Broccoli can be grown anywhere except in the hottest and coldest climates, but does require cool weather to reach maturity. Ideal temperatures are not more than 77 degrees during the day and not less than 60 degrees at night.
Plant in a well drained, sunny location. Broccoli can be planted in containers outdoors. Soil should be of a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Prepare the bed with manures and compost and provide extra nitrogen supplement if the soil is sandy.
Sow seeds « inch deep. After thinning, plants should be about 10 inches apart. Successive sowings should occur at one month intervals. If starting seeds indoors, use 4 inch peat pots and transplant when 4 true leaves have appeared (6-8 weeks after planting.) The plant grows quickly, so keep soil moist by frequent watering, if necessary. It requires less water as heads begin to mature.

Sowing Instructions

Seed Depth: 1/2" (6mm)
Germination soil temperature: 80 F (27C)
Days to Germination: 4-7
Sow indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost
Sow outdoors: Early summer for fall crop

pH range: 6.5-7.5
Growing soil temperature: 60-65F (16-18C)
Spacing in beds: 16" (40cm), staggered pattern, 3 rows to a wide (36"; 0.9m) bed.

Informative articles found on the web:

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IP168 Romanesco
A most unusual broccoli, it is also closely related to the cauliflower. In fact, itís an edible flower from the family that includes broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. It tastes very similar to cauliflower, but with a slightly nuttier, earthier flavor. You can use it as you would cauliflower in recipes, and it holds up to many different cooking methods. Italian, lime green, great taste and texture, excellent for cool areas, 85 days.
 650mg pack ( about 150 seeds ) $1.95
SF118 Packman
Packman is a hybrid type that has large, bright green, mildly flavored domed heads that rise above the foliage for an easy harvest. An early variety especially suited to the North.
Cooks love it because the heads keep well in the fridge and freezer. Vitamin rich.
 110mg Package ( about 35 seeds ) $1.95
FB106 Decicco Italian Sprouting
Italian multi-cut type, great for sprouting, untreated seed, long harvest period, 48 days.
 750mg Package ( about 100 seeds ) $1.95
3266 Marathon
F1 High dome head, for fresh market or processing, good cold and disease tolerance, for summer/fall/winter, 68 days.
 100mg Package ( about 25 seeds ) $2.25
JF182 Early Dividend
F1 Early, large heads, good side shoots, dark green. Limited amount of seeds. 45 days.
 500 Seed Nursery Trade Package ( 500 seeds ) $16.95
3267 Raab
(Rapini) Robust flavor, more bite than Broccoli, 60 days.
 105mg Package ( about 50 seeds ) $2.25
3268 Green Magic
Summer type, excellent holder, uniform, semi-dome blue green head, medium small bead, mildew resistant, 59 days.
 110mg Package ( about 25 seeds ) $2.75
Waltham 29
Open pollinated. 85 days. A compact, stocky, 20" plant with dark blue-green solid heads. Bears a large crop of side shoots. Best for late summer and fall harvest. Developed to withstand the cold temperatures of fall and can survive dry spells. For a spring crop start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost and transplant outside 2 weeks before the last frost. For a fall crop direct seed in the garden in later spring or early summer. Set plants 18" apart.

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IP046 English Violet
British heirloom bred for overwintering for early spring sprouting, purple sprouts, delicious.
 100mg pack ( about 40 seeds ) $1.95
RHC904 Baby Broccoli Aspabroc ( Broccolini )
Broccolini®, (Reg. Mann Packing) also known as baby broccoli, is a popular new Brassica crop on the market. It is a hybrid of broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) and gai lan (Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra) also known as Chinese broccoli, Chinese kale, or kailaan. This broccoli-gai lan hybrid has long tender stalks, small florets, and a subtle sweet flavor with a peppery kick. You will find it in supermarkets nationwide, and it is becoming increasingly popular with chefs who appreciate its more "refined" taste as compared with its relatives, broccoli and broccoli raab.
 250 seed pack $14.95