This tighly beaded head will be ready to harvest in a few days time.

Di Ciccio Broccoli

Brassica oleracea

Certified Organic Seed

Old-fashioned Italian heirloom from the 1800s which produces good-size florets at nicely staggered times.

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Before plant breeders began developing large, heavy headed hybrid broccoli plants for commercial growers, broccoli was a slightly slimmer, but still hardy, crop. All of our broccoli varieties are open-pollinated, best suited for home gardens and CSAs, and delicious. This variety has a growth habit in between Piracicaba and Calabrese. Central three-to-four inch blue-green florets develop at different times, giving a good staggered harvest. Leaves and stems are easily edible as well.

Quick Facts

Spacing in Row 12 to 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 to 18 inches
Planting Depth ¼ to ½ inch
Days to Germination 4 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 70 days
Height at Maturity 24 to 36 inches
Width at Maturity 24 to 30 inches

How to Grow

Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost, then transplant into fertile soil just after frost date. Harvest inner head promptly. Harvest the outer shoots every 2 days to keep them producing and to prevent flowering. Sow again 14-16 weeks before first fall frost for a sweet, long-lasting late crop.

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