Italian Heirloom pre-1880
The dark green plants are 18-30” in height and produce 3-6” central heads followed by an abundance of side shoots. Flavor is pronounced, a more basic taste than the more modern varieties.
Germ 3-10 days
Indoors - 4-6 weeks before last frost and 1/4” deep with soil temperature at 65-75 degrees. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Transplant out just before last frost.
Outdoors – Early spring until mid summer for fall crops. Plant 1/2” deep and 6” apart. Thin seedlings to 18” apart.
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 - A heavy feeder transplant/direct seed into well composted soil and side dress when buds begin to form.