Broccoli is relatively easy to grow, and home-grown is immeasurably better than the tough, bland material at the supermarket. It 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.
PURPLE PEACOCK Broccoli Seeds
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 inches wide with many smaller side shoots. Majestic, sturdy 2 1/2 foot tall plants add beauty and presence to the vegetable garden.
CORONADO CROWN Broccoli Seeds
This 'floret' broccoli produces huge 6-8 inch heads without a wasteful enormous central stalk. Remarkably tasty, productive and adaptable, it is the best broccoli to grow if you have had trouble growing it in the past. Also, the crowns stay fresher longer after harvest than other varieties, so there is no need to rush and eat it all at once.
ARCADIA Broccoli Seeds
Big, sturdy plants with dense, heavy, tasty "frosted" heads are extremely disease, heat and cold tolerant.
NATALINO Broccoli Seeds
A Romanesco type broccoli which produces dramatic, 4-5 inch chartreuse-colored, spiraled, conical heads with a wonderful mild, sweet flavor. Many prefer its flavor to standard broccoli.
GREEN SPROUTING CALABRESE Broccoli Seeds
(OP) 60 to 90 days
This extremely cold hardy 1910 Italian heirloom green sprouting broccoli produces deep blue-green 5” central heads on 3 foot 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.
WALTHAM 29 Broccoli Seeds
(OP) 74 days
Waltham 29 is an ideal broccoli for fall harvest. Sturdy, compact 2 foot plants tolerate frost and produce dark blue-green, exceptionally flavorful heads up to 8 inches 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.
BELSTAR HYBRID Broccoli Seeds
(OP) 66 days
Produces domed 5-6 inch blue-green beaded heads with plentiful side shoots on compact, widely adapted 16-20 inch plants. The succulent and delicious heads hold for over a week once mature. Belstar is the best organic broccoli.
How to Plant BROCCOLI Seeds
Sow in cell packs or flats ½ inch deep, 4 to 6 weeks prior to setting out. Space 10 to 18 inches apart. Can direct sow ½ inch deep, in rows 18 to 36 inches apart. Thin to 8 to 18 inches apart.