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Broccoli Broccoletto (Brassica oleracea)
Broccoli seeds - Broccoletto
A speciality from Italy. A quick sweet flavoured broccoli producing a single head at about 20cm tall. Broadcast the seed thinly. Sow successionally from early spring onwards. An ideal catch crop. Best cut as the head turns to flower.
When to sow
When to Sow Broccoletto Seeds
April and May.
Where to Sow
Sowings can be made in trays or modules under glass at 13°C. Later sowings can be made into a seed bed in shallow drills 2cm (3/4") deep in short rows.
What to do Next
As soon as glasshouse seedlings show their first pair of leaves, prick off into trays 5cm (2") apart or thin modules to one seedling per cell. Gradually harden off before planting out, spacing plants 45cm (18in) apart between plants and 45cm (18in) between the rows. Outdoor sowings should be thinned to 7-10cm (3-4in) apart, then once plants are 15cm (6in) tall, they can be lifted and transplanted to their final planting positions, spaced the same as detailed above.
July to September
Calabrese quickly goes from a green spear to a flower head. If you have too many to use, cut and freeze for winter use.
Excellent source of vitamins A and C and a good source of iron.