The taste and texture is similar to a broccoli stem, crisp with a mild sweetness. White-skinned with a 4” flat globe shape. Harvest from baby-sized to full-sized. Bulbs hold well and remain tender in the garden without becoming woody. Good resistance to downy mildew.
Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes
Germination: 7-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-75ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4" deep
Sowing Outdoors: Starting in spring when the soil temperature reaches 60 ºF. Sow seeds 1-2" apart, thin 3-8” apart. The larger the bulb size the more space. Sow in mid to late summer for fall harvest.
How much does a packet plant: 4-6 foot single row
Harvest: Bulbs from spring plantings under 2-3” for the most tender and sweet bulbs. Fall plantings can survive frosts and can be harvested when they are larger.
Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amend with compost before planting if needed. Grows best in the cooler weather of spring and late summer. Summer heat makes the bulbs woody and dry. Adequate moisture is needed for optimum growth.