Broccoli Romanesco HEIRLOOM Seeds

Broccoli Romanesco HEIRLOOM Seeds

Brassica oleracea var. botrytis

Item #0235

85-100 days. Is it a piece of art or an alien creature? Romanesco is neither and it's not actually a broccoli, but somewhere between a broccoli and cauliflower, with 5"-6" heads. First noted by Italians in the 16th century, it is now catching the eyes of gourmet chefs. Cooked, Romanesco has a delicious nutty flavor and a texture similar to cauliflower.

This packet sows up to 160 ft.

Seedling Image

Days to Emerge:
7-14 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
a group of 3 seeds every 2'

Row/Mound Spacing:

When 2" tall,
thin to
1 every 2'

When to sow outside: 10 to 12 weeks before first fall frost. Mild Climates: Sow in early fall for winter harvest.

When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. 12 to 14 weeks before average first frost for fall harvest, transplanting after 4 to 6 weeks. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 60°-85°F.

Harvesting: Harvest heads as soon as they have developed and reach 5"-6" in diameter. Head should be firm and solid. Cut at the base where it connects with the stem using a sharp knife. Remove entire plant after harvest since it will not produce side shoots like true broccoli. Harvest in the morning if possible. If harvested in the heat, dunk in ice water to reduce "field heat" and increase storage time. Allow to drain before storing.

Artist: Libby Kyer

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