Gypsy Broccoli (F1 Hybrid 57 Days)
Heat tolerance is the virtue usually mentioned that sets Gypsy Broccoli apart from other broccoli varieties. Good choice for growing in the South and also for later plantings in the North that will be maturing in the heat of August. Plants are very vigorous with a strong stalk and energetic root system. Color is a paler green – you don’t get the bluish tinge present in some varieties. Gypsy Broccoli resists downy mildew and tastes good, with a strong broccoli flavor.
Germination: 3-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep
Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before the 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 the suggested measurement. Transplant a week or two before the last frost. Space 12-18" apart. Sow in early to midsummer for fall crops.
Sowing Outdoors: Spring when the 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.
Harvest: Pick when heads are tight before flower buds start to open. For varieties that produce side shoots keep picked for a longer production
Tips: Provide Gypsy Broccoli with fertile soil, rich in organic matter from the very beginning of its growth in the garden. Give adequate, even moisture for the best growth. Mulching helps retain moisture.