Piracicaba

100 – Piracicaba

$3.00$75.00

Certified Biodynamic and Organic

A lovely green sprouting broccoli. Small, loose heads with large beads and lots of tender, sweet side shoots. When the initial head is harvested, then the sideshoots begin to shine, producing well over a long harvest season. The sweetest broccoli we’ve grown! Great for bunching for the market or eating straight off the plant. Best as a spring or fall crop, though it has been developed in California to form heads in summer heat. Recommended for people who demand deliciousness.

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Scientific Name: Brassica oleracea, Botrytis Group

Family: Mustard

Type: Hardy Annual

Native Range: Pacific Basin excluding Hawaii

Hardiness Zones: 3-10; cole crops and their waxy leaves are particularly well-suited to colder growing regions, especially if adapted to the area; usually withstands a couple of frosts;

Soil Requirements: Clay-loam soil with pH close to neutral; may require calcium or boron;

Light Preference: Partial to full sun

Water: Keep evenly moist

Days until Germination: 5-17 days

Sowing: For early planting, start seeds indoors with soil temperatures around 60°; plant about 1/4″ in soil; harden off transplants at around 4-5 weeks; transplant when 3-4 true leaves have shown; in cooler climates seeds can be direct-sown after the soil warms to 55°-60°;

Plant Spacing: Plant seeds 4″-6″ but thin to 14″-24″;

Plant Height: 14″-18″

Harvest: 65-80 days from transplant if started indoors; 75-100 days if direct sown in cooler climate; remove main head by cutting at 45° angle before, or as, head starts to separate from main stem (sign that broccoli is starting to flower); allow stock to continue to grow and produce “second heads” or side-shoots; Piracicaba has a particularly loose head formation;

Grows Well With: Dill; celery; camomile; sage; peppermint; rosemary; potatoes; beets; onions;

Grows Poorly With: Tomatoes; pole beans; strawberries;

Potential Problems: Heat stress; seedlings must have enough light or they will get leggy and develop improperly after transplant; aphids; cabbage worms; loopers; root maggots; flea beetles; symphylans;

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Size

S ~ 25 seeds, L ~ 100 seeds, XL ~ 400 seeds, .25 oz ~1,500 seeds, .5 oz ~3,000 seeds, 1 oz ~6,000 seeds

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