DAYS TO HARVEST
65-80 from transplant
For early planting, start seeds indoors with soil temperatures ~60 degrees (minimum 55 degrees). Plant ~1/4″ in soil and keep evenly moist. Make sure seedlings have enough light otherwise they may become leggy and not develop properly upon transplanting. Harden off transplants around 4 or 5 weeks by bringing trays outdoors a few days to a week before transplanting. The plants should have 3 or 4 true leaves at this point.
In cooler climates, seeds can be direct sown after the soil warms to about 55-60 degrees. If there is still a danger of frost, make sure seedlings are covered. Add 2-3 weeks to harvest date.
Partial to full sun
Prefers clay-loam soils with a pH close to neutral. May require additional calcium or boron.
~16″ in between plants
Cole crops and their waxy leaves are particularly well suited to colder growing regions especially if adapted to the area. Broccoli usually withstands a couple frosts.
Watch the main stem as it forms a head and remove main head before or as the head starts to separate (this is the sign that the broccoli is starting to flower). Piracicaba has a loose head formation. Allow the stock to continue to grow and produce “second” heads or side shoots. Harvest the side shoots and this variety will continue to produce more.
USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS