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Heirloom De Cicco Broccoli Seeds | Grow De Cicco Broccoli


 
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De Cicco is an old reliable open pollinated European Broccoli variety! Excellent for freezing. Good quality, high yields! Compact plants grow up to 3 feet and will produce a 3 to 4 inch bluish-green main head. After central head is cut, many medium sized side shoots will take its place!

Non uniform maturity begins in 48 days and extends up to 90 days.


Detailed planting instructions:

Select a site with full sun and well-drained soil. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2 to 4-inch layer of compost.

Start spring transplants indoors five to seven weeks before the last spring frost date, or buy nursery transplants three weeks before the last spring frost date. Where the weather is warm, select a variety that is bolt resistant. Set out transplants three to four weeks before the last spring frost. Space plants 18 inches apart. Protect transplants from hard frosts with newspapers, plastic cones, paper bags, or baskets. Provide a windbreak to reduce transplant shock and moisture loss. For fall crops, direct seed the broccoli in the garden 85 to 100 days before the average first fall frost date.

Prefers well-drained, fertile soil high in organic matter, pH 6.0 to 7.5. Can tolerate slightly alkaline soil. Needs plentiful, consistent moisture.


Sow seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before average last spring frost. Keep soil warm (about 75 F), until germination. Then keep plants around 60 F. Provide direct sun so plants don’t get leggy. When plants are 4 to 6 weeks old, transplant into garden 12 to 20 inches apart.

Use wide spacings if you want to harvest large central heads. Closer spacings will produce smaller central heads. But if you harvest secondary heads you will get a greater total yield from the closer spacings.

Larger, older transplants are more likely to bolt when exposed to cool temperatures in the garden. Transplant when plants have four or five true leaves.

Some cultivars will form small “button” heads when the weather turns warm following a 10-day stretch when high temperatures only reach the 40s F.

Can be direct-seeded as soon as you can work the soil. Will germinate at soil temps as low as 40 F. Plant ½ to ¾ inch deep, about 3 inches apart. Thin to final spacings.

Direct seed in midsummer for fall crop, or start transplants in late May and transplant in late June or early July.

In Zone 7 and warmer, fall broccoli crops will often overwinter.

Use low nitrogen fertilizer at planting. Too much nitrogen fertilizer may cause hollow stems.

Plants have shallow root systems. Avoid even shallow cultivation. Mulch to protect roots, reduce weed competition and conserve moisture.

Use floating row covers to help protect from early insect infestations.

To help reduce disease, do not plant broccoli or other cole crops in the same location more than once every three or four years.


HARVESTING

Harvest for peak quality when the buds of the head are firm and tight. If buds start to separate and the yellow petals inside start to show, harvest immediately.

SAVING SEEDS

Gather seed stalks when seed pods are dry being careful to prevent losses due to shattering. Use a 1/8" screen to help with cleaning. Broccoli seed remains viable for 5 years under cool and dry storage conditions.
Features
  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
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Great seeds March 25, 2015
Reviewer: Carrie from Fort Washington, MD United States  
I was very satisfied with my order. It arrived quickly, shipping was very reasonable, and  the best part of patriot seeds is their packaging. I can reuse the seed packets for years to come, and the handy zip lock makes sure your seeds won't end up in the bottom of your bin. Plus, the seeds I have used from them always produce worthy plants.

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broccoli February 22, 2015
Reviewer: Kim Grizzle from Reedsville, WV United States  
seedlings are taking off already!!

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Grow your own food February 9, 2015
Reviewer: Garry Bright from Keller, TX United States  
My shipment arrived on time and as promised. As a relatively new prepper, I am trying to get prepared for the potential to have to feed my own family or just to save money and improve the quality and freshness of my meals. Many circumstances could lead to a need for my own food supply, some short term needs and some more long term. Either way, I need seeds to make any/all of this happen. I would give 5 stars for this but haven't planted them yet or grown anything but expect to try some out in Spring 2015. My motto is as follows: "Better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it". I recommend you do the same.

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seeds December 23, 2014
Reviewer: harold adams from stratford, WI United States  
the package is 100% perfect, will last years in the fridge, the support is perfect, i highly recomend, price is right and you get lots of seeds, will be back for more

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Broccoli De Cicco December 17, 2014
Reviewer: Jennifer G. from Jacksonville, FL United States  
Good solid product

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