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Romanesco Italia Broccoli
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Romanesco Italia Broccoli (300 seeds) (BR104) $2.75
BULK SEED 1 oz (BR104C) $7.50

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Romanesco Italia Broccoli

         
 
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The true and popular Italian heirloom with spiraling, apple-green heads that are so superbly flavored. This variety is widely grown in northern Italy. A must with many of the finest chefs.
 
Romanesco Italia Broccoli
Overall Rating:
         
3.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 30
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 1.5

66.7% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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12 out of 13 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Eric
Location:
Burlington, VT, United States
Date:
June 13, 2016
          4.0
 
Vernalization in North
Easy to Grow 2.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Beautiful broccoli

What are the cons? Vernalization in North Climate

Review:

This is a "true" broccoli, as opposed to "Calabrese" broccoli. The former needs to overwinter in order to produce heads while the latter forms heads in the same year. In northern climates where the temperatures are too low for the Romanesco to survive, the solution is to use a vernalization, which is sort of make-belief the plant it went through a mild winter. Sow the seeds indoors under lights until true leaves appear. Harden off under cloche or in cold-frame or in a low tunnel for a week to 10 days. Then keep them in their sheltered space for 3 to 4 weeks. The temperatures in the sheltered area (not ouside, really inside the cold frame or low tunnel) should ideally be around 40?F. Carefull on sunny days, temperature can rise quite a bit under cover. The seedlings need to "think" they went through winter and spring. After that vernalization period, the Romanesco will produce their stunning heads.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
rangies3
Location:
wylie, TX, United States
Date:
February 29, 2016
          5.0
 
Surprise Seeds survive
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? Hardy

What are the cons? none

Review:

I bought these seeds (and several other varieties) six years ago, misplaced them for three years, and have had the plants come up every year for three years. I didn't label them, and thought I was seeing tall kale. I was wrong! This year, there are heads, and it is this Romanesco Italia Broccoli. If you don't see heads the first year, be patient. I am not sure when to harvest, but can't wait to taste it!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Stonybrook Canyon Farm
Location:
Castro Valley, CA, United States
Date:
February 17, 2016
          5.0
 
Love this
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Tastes wonderful, easy to sell

What are the cons? nothing

Review:

This is a staple of our winter crop. We transplant seedlings in fall and harvest in February, which is a four to five month growing period. The head size can range greatly, some really large and others small. Not sure why that is, but it's not a problem. We have never had issues with getting these to mature and produce. The only oddity we find is that the heads are not consistent in color. We can plant an entire seed pack and end up with head colors that may be bright lime green, avocado green, and even purple. We assume that this is an issue with crosspollination in the Baker Creek fields, but we don't find it to be a problem. This variety is reliably productive for us and easy to sell.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

4 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
SandyWest
Location:
Washington, NJ, United States
Date:
February 11, 2016
          2.0
 
disappointing
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? healthy plants

What are the cons? no heads

Review:

Was looking forward to romanesco. It started out promising. Big, lovely plants, healthy leaves. No heads. None. Nothing.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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11 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Chef Emily Peterson
Location:
Parsippany, NJ, United States
Date:
January 5, 2016
          5.0
 
A HUGE Learning Experience
Easy to Grow 2.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Stunningly beautiful

What are the cons? I should have planting in July

Review:

I planted these in a raised bed and nurtured like babies. All but 1 of the plants bolted pretty much immediately. I tweeted @rareseeds who said yeah, maybe plant later? The one that didn't bolt formed a head more beautiful than the photo show here. I harvested and ate in December. So, lesson learned! Will plant way later. Otherwise, exactly as advertised.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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