Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class Object in /home/allotmen/cake/libs/object.php on line 54 Strict Standards: Non-static method Configure::getInstance() should not be called statically in /home/allotmen/cake/bootstrap.php on line 38 Allotmentor - Crops: Broccoli (calabrese)
Click for image info.

Member of:

Approaches to growing:

Broccoli (calabrese) (Brassica oleracea Italica Group)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

This is supermarket broccoli - I'm always surprised how well these 'fairy trees' go down with children. The lovely green flower heads are eaten before the flowers open. It's a late summer crop so ideal to come back to after your summer holiday.

Growing is as easier than many other brassicas and one plants can keep on cropping from side shoots once the central head has been removed.

Likes and dislikes
pH6.5 - 7.5
Previous cropprefer
Previous autumnok
Before plantingdislike
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike


sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow 2cm deep in drills in a well-prepared seed-bed. Thin to 8cm apart and protect from birds.

plant plant

Between plants: 30cm
Between rows: 45cm

Transplant to a firm soil which was manured for the previous crop and cultivated several months prior to planting. Use proprietory or home-made cabbage collars to protect against cabbage root fly.

harvest harvest

Once you have cut the main head, side shoots will appear for weeks after. These are arguably more delicious than the main head. Pick every few days and never allow it to flower.

Top tips
Login or register above to add your own tip. Help refine others' tips by adding your own comments and vote for the best tips.
White fly (dan - 17:00 26/01/2015) Report inappropriate tip
If you have a liquidiser blend three garlic cloves up with some warm water. pour into spray bottle spray effected plants.
2 votes
Not a Facebook user? Login to add a comment.