Fast-growing; harvest leaves and stems early
Rapini is a branching variety grown for its tops and tender flower shoots. This Italian heirloom produces no central head but an abundance of strap-leaves and side shoots. Looks like mustard with many dime-sized, green buds. This cool weather plant does not overwinter well in colder climates.Brassicaceae Brassica rapa (Ruvo group)
Although it looks looks like a Broccoli, this plant is actually a Turnip! Broccoli Raab is grown for its leaves and stems, unlike heading broccoli. It's tasty and also highly nutritious.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 60-70 (Spring/Summer), 55-70 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
- Half Hardy
Broccoli Raab isn't as hardy as cabbage, though it can be frost tolerant in temperatures as low as 25˚ F.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall Transplant, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Growing Rapini can be challenging, as the plants can bolt and become hot (overly peppery) and tough. Here are some strategies for success: Grow Rapini in cool weather. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Keep plants well fed and thoroughly weeded.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 40°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Broccoli isn't as hardy as most other Brassicas and seedlings shouldn't go outside until the soil is at least 60˚ F.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool)
Broccoli prefers full sun when growing in cool weather.
Broccoli transpires quite a lot of water and for optimal growth the soil should be moist at all times. This isn't usually a problem because it grows in fairly cool weather.
Like most members of the cabbage family, Broccoli is a hungry plant and needs plenty of nutrients for good growth. It doesn't like acid soil.
- Tolerates light frost
- Small Gardens?
For one broccoli plant, you'll need a pot that is at least 10" deep and 12" wide, but the deeper the better. Fill with a mixture of potting soil and compost and keep the soil moist but not overly wet. If you are using a larger container, be sure to space your broccoli plants at least 18 to 24" apart. Although broccoli is a cool weather plant, it loves sunshine so be sure to place the container in an area with access to at least 3 hours of full sun a day.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Pungent flavor that's slightly bitter yet sweet; delicious when not overcooked.