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Introduction to Broccoli Plant Packs

Green Sprouting Calabrese Broccoli is a treasured variety for its large, delicious heads and prolific side shoots that can be harvested long after the main head has been cut. Originating from Italy, this heirloom variety is not only packed with flavor but also offers a bounty of nutrients. Ideal for those who appreciate a harvest that extends throughout the growing season, this broccoli turns any dish into a gourmet experience. Whether steamed, roasted, or stir-fried, Green Sprouting Calabrese Broccoli brings a touch of Italian elegance to your kitchen.

Green Sprouting Calabrese Broccoli Specs

Specification Detail
Growing Zones 3-10
Days to Maturity 50-65 days to first head, continues producing shoots
Mature Height 24-30 inches
Planting Season Spring or fall
Soil Preference Rich, well-draining
Soil pH Preference 6.0-7.0
Plant Spacing 18-24 inches
Companion Plants Onions, celery, potatoes
Water Needs Consistent moisture needed
Light Preference Full sun to partial shade
Soil Temperature 65-70°F ideal for starting seedlings
Fertilizer Balanced NPK every 4-6 weeks during growing season
Common Pests Aphids, cabbage loopers
Common Diseases Downy mildew, clubroot

Unboxing Plant Packs

Upon receiving your Green Sprouting Calabrese Broccoli plant packs, immediately remove them from the clamshell packaging to ensure they can breathe. Delaying this may cause the seedlings to yellow from stress. If you are not ready to plant them right away, moisten the roots lightly to keep them hydrated. This initial care is crucial for maintaining the seedlings’ health until they can be planted.

How to Plant Broccoli Seedlings

Planting Green Sprouting Calabrese Broccoli Seedlings Directly Outdoors

  • When to Plant: Early spring, once the soil has warmed or during fall before the first frost.
  • Where to Plant: Choose a spot with full sun to partial shade in well-draining, fertile soil.
  • How to Plant: Space seedlings 18-24 inches apart in rows, covering roots fully but leaving the stem base at soil level.
  • Should I Start Seedlings Indoors? Not typically recommended as direct sowing outdoors is sufficient.
  • Where to Place Seedlings Indoors: If starting indoors, ensure a sunny spot or use grow lights.
  • When to Plant Seedlings Indoors: Start 4-6 weeks before the last frost date.
  • How to Plant Seedlings Indoors: Use peat pots and a starting mix, keeping soil moist.

How to Transplant Broccoli Seedlings

  • When to Transplant: After 4-6 weeks of growth and post last frost for spring planting.
  • How to Harden Off Seedlings Started Indoors: Gradually expose to outdoor conditions over 7-10 days.
  • Where to Transplant: Into prepared garden beds or larger containers.
  • How to Transplant: Gently place each seedling in a hole deep enough to support its root ball.
  • How to Prevent & Treat Transplant Shock:
    • Transplant Shock Prevention: Water thoroughly after transplanting and shade from intense midday sun.
    • Transplant Shock Treatment: If plants look wilted, ensure adequate water and consider a light application of seaweed extract or transplant fertilizer.

Broccoli Plant Care & Maintenance

  • How to Water: Keep soil consistently moist.
  • Broccoli Plant Sunlight Requirements: Requires full sun for optimal growth.
  • Broccoli Plant Soil Requirements: Prefers rich, well-draining soil.
  • Broccoli Plant Nutrition: Feed with a balanced NPK fertilizer every 4-6 weeks.
  • Broccoli Plant Support: Generally not required.
  • Broccoli Clipping & Pruning: Remove yellow leaves; harvest main head to encourage side shoots.
  • Managing Weeds with Broccoli: Mulch around plants to suppress weeds.

Broccoli Plant Pests and Diseases

  • Aphids: Wash off with water or use insecticidal soap.
  • Cabbage Loopers: Handpick or use Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) for organic control.
  • Downy Mildew: Ensure good air circulation; treat with fungicides if necessary.
  • Clubroot: Rotate crops and maintain neutral soil pH.

How to Harvest Broccoli from the Garden

Look for firm, tight heads to determine maturity. Cut the main head from the stem at a diagonal angle, which encourages side shoot production for ongoing harvest.

Storing: Store in a refrigerator’s crisper drawer for up to a week. For longer storage, blanch and freeze the broccoli.

Frequently Asked Broccoli Plant Questions

  • Q: How much sun does my broccoli need? At least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
  • Q: What should I do if my broccoli starts flowering? Harvest immediately; flowering indicates stress and reduces quality.
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