Mediterranean favorite and early variety
Also known as Cima di Rapa or Rapini this robust and rich-tasting traditional Italian heirloom is a quick growing cool season favorite. Broccoli Raab produces an abundance of deep green leaves and tender shoots topped with tiny bud clusters. Enjoy these full-flavored greens sauteed in olive oil and garlic as Italian food lovers have for time immemorial. This Sessentina seed selection are imported directly from Italy, so you can rely on its freshness and authenticity.Brassicaceae Brassica rapa
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 degrees F.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall Transplant, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Growing Super Rapini can be challenging, as the plants can bolt and become hot (overly peppery) and tough. Here are some strategies for success: Grow Super 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
Mediterranean specialty because it is so flavorful and sweet if leaves are harvested early.