A delightful standard variety known for its excellent flavor
Standard type, produces 4 to 8" green heads that are nicely flavored. Compact plants also produce some side shoots. Developed to withstand the increasing cold of fall in areas like the Pacific Northwest and East Coast of the United States.Brassicaceae Brassica oleracea
Calabrese Broccoli is known for its large-headed edible flower stalk, which consists of clusters of small green flower buds. This is not only tasty but also highly nutritious.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 60-90 (Spring/Summer), 74-90 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
- Half Hardy
Broccoli isn't as hardy as cabbage, though it can be frost tolerant in temperatures as low as 20˚ F.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall Transplant, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Broccoli likes full sun, especially when growing in cool weather. It will tolerate some shade, but this slows maturation.
The large plants take up quite a bit of space, but this usually isn't an issue in cooler weather, as the garden is often half empty anyway.
- 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, Needs lots of space
- 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
Satisfying broccoli flavor, perfect for cooking.