Brassica oleracea var. italica
Di Ciccio Broccoli is an Italian Heirloom variety introduced in 1890. It is an open pollinated variety that produces a blueish-green head around 7-10cm wide. The plant will continue producing side shoots for several weeks after the main flower head is cut.
Great steamed, roasted with a little oil or stir-fried, it is an extremely versatile kitchen garden staple.
Sow late Summer - Autumn, as Broccoli is an annual cool season crop, frost hardy. Full sun, rich well drained composted soil. Sow seed approx. 6mm deep into a seed tray or seedbed and transplant seedlings deeper, first removing the seed leaves and planting up to the 1st set of true leaves, as it will hasten it's growth to maturity. Germination approx. 5-10 days. Maturity approx. 50 - 60 days.
When the heads get large, plants can be staked to stop them from falling over. A good mulch will also maintain soil temperature and encourage growth. Harvest the main head whilst it is still tightly shaped. It is best to cut the stem approx. 10-12cm below the head.
50 seeds per packet