Broccoli

Overall Rating:
         
3.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 32

65.6% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Chris
Location:
Pass Christian, MS, United States
Date:
April 14, 2017
          1.0
 
Not as Advertised
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Healthy plants, mild taste

What are the cons? Definitely no fractal heads!

Review:

Well, color me dissapointed. I've gotten some wonderful seeds from Baker's Creek, but this was a bust. We grew nearly two dozen big, healthy broccoli plants at two households, and not a single one had that fractal romanesco head. In fact, the heads were very loose, with much larger flower buds than anything I've seen on broccoli before. They taste great, but again, it was not at all the plant that was advertised/on the packet. The heads were so loose, in fact, that we've just allowed them to flower (I enjoy the flowers, personally--very sweet, very tender, great on salads/as a general garnish). The greens are nice, too, but we purchased these seeds for romanesco broccoli heads and not flowers and greens! So, unfortunately, I can't recommend this item as is. I mean, unless you'd like a big batch of broccoli greens and very little to no broccoli head.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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2 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Libbie
Location:
Friday Harbor, WA, United States
Date:
March 10, 2017
          5.0
 
So far so good
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Excellent germination rate

What are the cons? None so far

Review:

I started a couple dozen vegetable seeds in my greenhouse this year, since we are having an unusually long and cold winter. The Romanesco broccoli was the first to germinate and I got a whopping 100% germination rate! The seedlings look robust and eager to get out in the ground. I am hoping for a spring crop...hopefully they won't bolt first. If nothing else, I can eat the greens. They already look delicious. I will try to update my review once I get them out onto the hugelkultur beds. I will definitely plant more for a winter harvest!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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36 out of 39 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

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10 out of 10 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

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14 out of 15 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

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