What are the pros? Very sweet, nice-looking
What are the cons? Bolts very quickly
Very tasty, if you can get them to head. If you don't have a month or so of stable 60ish degree temperatures, that might prove very difficult. Started these in a high tunnel as transplants first week of March, thinking surely they'd be heading by mid May. Nope. Seedlings and plants were not especially vigorous. They will bolt if you look at them the wrong way, and what heads did form were pretty small. Moral of the story, these are a difficult heirloom to grow in anything but ideal climates.
In their defense, these seem to fare very well against pests. They were growing alongside rows of cabbage that got eviscerated by loopers, but they didn't seem to take any real damage at all. Really beautiful plants to behold as well, and what heads I was able to harvest looked great, stored well, and were gone in a flash at the market. I hope to plant them in late July/August as a fall crop this year- think that might work much better in this region (6b).
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