Aspabroc Broccoli (F1 Hybrid 50 Days)
The Aspabroc Broccoli captures the savory taste of broccoli and asparagus in one plant. Entire plant is edible with extremely tender, long slender stems with asparagus like texture and florets that have a sweet, milder flavor with a slight peppery undertone. Performs well with little space in a spring or fall planting. Harvest the small 3-4” main stalk head first, smaller florets will continue for over a month. A hybrid of broccoli and Kai Lan - Chinese broccoli, developed in the early 1990’s, the Aspabroc Broccoli has gained popularity over the last 20 years.
Germination: 3-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep
Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement. Transplant a week or two before last frost. Space 12-18" apart. Sow in early to midsummer for fall crops.
Sowing Outdoors: Spring when soil temperature reaches at least 55ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds every 12-18” apart. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow in midsummer for fall crops. Germination is slower at lower soil temperatures.
How much does a packet plant: 15-20 foot single row
Harvest: Pick when heads are tight before flower buds starts to open. For varieties that produce side shoots keep picked for a longer production
Tips: Provide Aspabroc Broccoli with fertile soil, rich in organic matter from the very beginning of its growth in the garden. Amend with compost if soil is not fertile. Give adequate, even moisture for the best growth. Mulching helps retain moisture.