(B. oleracea) Start heirloom broccoli seeds for transplants 4-6 weeks prior to desired transplanting date. Seedlings need bright artificial light or full sun; a cold frame is ideal. Set the plants in the garden about 4 weeks before last frost date in the spring, or about 4-6 weeks before first frost when fall-planting. Plants need rich soil and abundant moisture to produce a good crop. After the main head is harvested, plants often produce smaller florets over a long season. Always harvest broccoli just before the first flowers open. Spring plantings often bolt to seed in hot summer weather.
A mix of romanesco type cauliflowers, with beautifully shaped and deliciously appetising light green and white curds. The evenly-shaped cauliflower heads are good sized and very solid - perfect for that Sunday lunch or eaten raw with dips. Harvest September-November. Ideal for beds and borders, patio pots and containers. Grows well in sun or shade. HEALTH BENEFITS: A good source of vitamin C. Ideal for slimmers as it's low in calories! CULINARY TIPS: Delicious with a cheese sauce.&nbs..
Cauliflower Romanesco AKA Romanesco Italia Broccoli
This is a popular Italian heirloom with spiraling, apple-green heads that are so superbly flavored. This variety is widely grown in northern Italy. A must with many of the finest chefs.The crisp, tasty heads measure 15-23cm (6-9") across, and mature in autumn from a May sowing.
Italian Heirloom variety known for tender stalks and mild flavor. Reliable multi-cut variety that produces a compact, 3-4” bluish-green central head followed by a prolific set of side shoots. Variable maturity results in a long harvest period for both central heads and side shoots. Good home garden variety. Abundant side shoots • Long harvest window. (Brassica oleracea var. italica). Maturity 48 days.