De Cicco broccoli (Brassica oleracea) is a variety of broccoli that is known for its compact and uniform heads and its ability to produce a high yield. It is an heirloom variety that is also known for its cold tolerance, making it a good choice for spring and fall planting. This variety is particularly well-suited for home gardening and small-scale farming.
To grow De Cicco broccoli, you will need:
Well-drained, fertile soil, rich in organic matter
Full sun or partial shade
Broccoli seeds or seedlings
USDA Organic certification
Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date or sow seed directly into the ground after the last frost.
Transplant seedlings to the garden after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up. Space the plants about 1-2 feet apart.
Water the broccoli regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
Fertilize the broccoli with a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks.
Keep the broccoli free of weeds and remove any diseased or damaged leaves to help prevent disease.
Harvest the broccoli heads when they are firm, tight, and have reached their mature size.
Start seeds indoors or sow seed directly into the ground after the last frost date
Transplant seedlings to the garden or direct-sow seeds into the garden
Water the broccoli regularly, keep the soil consistently moist
Fertilize every 4-6 weeks with a balanced fertilizer
Keep plants free of weeds and remove any diseased or damaged leaves
Harvest the broccoli heads when they are firm, tight, and have reached their mature size
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