Broccoli & Broccol Raab

Brocolli (Brassica oleracea italica)
Sds/g: 240-350       Opt Germ. Range: 14-30 oC
Feed Requirements: Moderate + sidedress

Planting & Harvesting Guide:


Cultural Notes:
- A great veggie to grow as it is vigorous, tasty and cold hardy, although it does not appreciate too much heat at the height of summer, making seedlings very leggy (some growers do not plant in Nov-early Jan for this reason and by the time this broccoli is ready to harvest your garden should be in full swing). If you plan your garden properly broccoli can be harvest for all but 8-10 weeks of the year. The Italian broccoli is the type that appears in all the supermarkets. Plant 4-6 seeds 1cm deep with a min spacing of 60x 60cm in spring through to mid-Feb, thin to the strongest plant. Seedlings can be started in early August and planted out at the 5-6 leaf stage. When planting out it can be a good idea to sow a mixture of varieties with differing maturity dates so that you do not have a glut of broccoli that is left to flower due to an ovedose (try our Brocolli blend or mix up your own). In a cold winter the Italian varieties will freeze out or stop producing side shoots. However, the purple sprouting broccoli are much hardier and will last out the winter and produce great heads in late winter and spring when there is little other action happening in the garden. In areas with a cold winter such as the Derwent Valley or Lorinna plant your seeds early in the new year, mid to late Jan elsewhere. To promote good head formation provide the plants with a good feed when the spring bulbs appear. Purple sprouting broccoli is a biannual so it needs to overwinter in order to head up. For both types provide plenty of fertiliser and water regularily.
- Brocolli has a ridiculous number of vitamins and minerals and has been subject to large amounts of research due to its high levels of anti-oxidants and phytochemicals--sulforaphane and the indoles- providing it with significant anti-cancer effects. It is great raw with dips or lightly steamed (best not boiled as this greatly reduces many of the nutrients in broccoli eg. 56% of vitamin B folate is lost from boiling).

Problems:
- The main problem is the cabbage grub laid by the white cabbage moth, these can be controlled by regular sprayings of Dipel (which organic growers are allowed to use as it is a non-toxic biological control).

Harvest:
- Cut the heads when the beads begin to swell, this will also trigger side shoots to develop from each leaf notch. More side shoots tend to develop off the slower maturing varieties.
 

Broccoli ‘Umpqua’
Brassica oleracea var. italica

One of the best open pollinated broccoli varieties around. It can be harvested over an extended period as it produces a uniform central head, followed by numerous side shoots. A versatile variety that can be grown through summer & winter. Excellent flavour. 200 seeds.

$3.50
Organic
Sowing Periods
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Cool Climate Periods Aug 1st Feb 27th
Mild Climate Periods Sep 1st Apr 30th
Tropical Climate Periods Feb 1st Jun 30th
BROCCOLI ‘Green Magic’ F1
Brassica oleracea var. italica

A great summer and autumn harvest broccoli with high heat tolerance. A tight medium sized head with exemplary flavour. Keeps its head in hot weather and does not become loose like some other varieties. Sow late winter to late spring for summer harvest. 40 seeds.

$3.50
Sowing Periods
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Cool Climate Periods Aug 1st Feb 27th
Mild Climate Periods Sep 1st Apr 30th
Tropical Climate Periods Feb 1st Jun 30th
Broccoli ‘Summer Purple’
Brassica oleracea var. italica

At last a purple broccoli that can be grown through summer! This variety produces high quality spears with a good colour. If you keep picking it will produce over a long period. Easy to prepare and super healthy with the purple colouring. Eat raw or cooked. 50 seeds.

$3.50
Sowing Periods
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Cool Climate Periods Aug 1st Jan 31st
Mild Climate Periods Aug 1st Feb 28th
Tropical Climate Periods Feb 1st Jun 30th

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Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods: 
Aug 1st - Feb 27th
Temperate Climate Periods: 
Sep 1st - Apr 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods: 
Feb 1st - Jun 30th
BROCCOLI ‘Romanesco’
Brassica oleracea var. Italic

Italian Heirloom. An old time favourite in Italy for its excellent flavour and the unique spiralling pattern on the lime green head, which makes this an amazing looking vegetable. 200 seeds.
 

$3.50
Heirloom
Sowing Periods
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Cool Climate Periods Aug 1st Feb 27th
Mild Climate Periods Sep 1st Apr 30th
Tropical Climate Periods Feb 1st Jun 30th
BROCCOLI ‘Purple Sprouting’
Brassica oleracea var. Italic

A hardy variety that grows to 90 cm and produces numerous small deep purple heads for an extended harvest in late winter and early spring. A biennial variety that needs to overwinter before forming its edible flower heads from August to October . Great in stir fries or steamed. 400 seeds.
 

$3.50
Heirloom
Sowing Periods
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Cool Climate Periods Aug 1st Feb 27th
Mild Climate Periods Sep 1st Apr 30th
Tropical Climate Periods Feb 1st Jun 30th
BROCCOLI 'DI CICCO'
Brassica oleracea var. italica

This early variety of Broccoli produces tightly packed, blue green flowerheads on strong short stems. Best picked regularly to promote new shoots this vegetable keeps its crisp texture and strong flavour when steamed or quickly wok fried. Broccoli wants well manured, friable, moist soil with extra lime. 400 seeds

 

$3.50
Heirloom
Organic
Sowing Periods
FromTo
Cool Climate Periods Aug 1st Feb 27th
Mild Climate Periods Sep 1st Apr 30th
Tropical Climate Periods Feb 1st Jun 30th
BROCCOLI ‘Arcadia’ F1
Brassica oleracea var. italica

The most versatile broccoli variety as it is tolerant of heat and cold stress. It is suitable for summer, autumn and winter crops. Large tasty heads with secondary shoots appearing after the harvest of the main head. 40 seeds.

$3.50
Sowing Periods
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Cool Climate Periods Aug 1st Feb 27th
Mild Climate Periods Sep 1st Apr 30th
Tropical Climate Periods Feb 1st Jun 30th
BROCOLLI RAAB
Brassica rapa (ruvo group)

A fast growing loose broccoli head that has thick tender shoots and buds. Like brocollini. Use in stir fries, steam or eat raw off the plant. Can be grown over winter in areas where there are no big frosts. Harvest entire plants when buds appear or pick buds for extended yield. 500 seeds.

$3.50
Sowing Periods
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Cool Climate Periods Mar 1st May 31st
Aug 1st Oct 31st
Mild Climate Periods Mar 1st Sep 30th
Tropical Climate Periods Apr 1st Aug 31st
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