Germ 3-10 days
Called Broccoli Raab or Rapini in this country, this is actually a non-heading broccoli. The top 6-8” or so of leaves and unopened flowers are usually harvested. Makes a good fall crop or grow in early spring. No resemblance to the mild broccoli flavor you may be used to, this green is quite pungent. Never served raw but is steamed for about 5 minutes and used in a recipe or eaten alone. 100 seeds
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.