Broccoli is relatively easy to grow, and home-grown is immeasurably better than the tough, bland material at the supermarket.
ARCADIA Broccoli 64 days
Big and sturdy plants with dense, heavy and tasty "frosted" heads. Arcadia broccoli is extremely disease, heat and cold tolerant.
WALTHAM 29 Broccoli (OP) 74 days
Organically grown. Waltham 29 is an ideal broccoli for fall harvest. Sturdy, compact 2′ plants tolerate frost and produce dark blue-green, exceptionally flavorful heads up to 8″ wide, held on long sturdy stalks. Plentiful side shoots continue steadily after the main head is harvested. A great choice for eating fresh and freezing.
GREEN SPROUTING CALABRESE Broccoli (OP) 60 to 90 days
Organically grown. This extremely cold hardy 1910 Italian heirloom green sprouting broccoli produces deep blue-green 5″ central heads on 3′ tall upright plants. After harvesting the main head, many smaller and just as tasty side florets grow, keeping you supplied with fresh broccoli for months and months. Ideally suited for both spring and fall crops.
PURPLE PEACOCK Broccoli
Organically grown. A cross between kale and broccoli. Harvest the young bright magenta and green leaves to eat raw in salads, mature leaves can be steamed like kale. Purple florets reach 6″ wide with many smaller side shoots. Majestic, sturdy 2 1/2′ tall plants add beauty and presence to the vegetable garden.
NATALINO Broccoli 85 days
A Romanesco type broccoli which produces dramatic, 4-5″ chartreuse-colored, spiraled, conical heads with a wonderful mild, sweet flavor. Many prefer its flavor to standard broccoli.
How to Plant Broccoli Seeds
Sow in cell packs or flats ½″ deep, 4 to 6 weeks prior to setting out. Space 10 to 18″ apart. Can direct sow ½″ deep, in rows 18 to 36″ apart. Thin to 8 to 18″ apart. Kept at 65-75°F., germination is in 7-14 days.
How to grow broccoli Broccoli is a cool season vegetable that (in our relatively mild climate) we plant in fall, winter and spring. In cold-winter areas broccoli is planted in April and May and even through mid July if the summers are mild. Harvest before the flower buds open. Once the center head is cut, side shoots develop and will produce continuously when harvested regularly.