Heirloom Di Cicco Broccoli
- 50 seeds
- Open pollinated
- Distance between plants – 18″
- Distance between rows – 18-36″
- Full sun
- Water every 2-3 days
- Days to maturity – 50-90 days
- Days to germination – 7-12 days
- Height – 3′
- Brassica Oleracea var. Italica
- Germination rate
Sow: Indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost – transplant 1 week before last frost.
Harvest: When heads are well grown and plump
Many broccoli lovers favor the variety broccoli “Di Cicco” (Brassica oleracea), which sprouts a main head in addition to many smaller offshoot florets that mature at different rates. First introduced in 1890, Di Cicco is an Italian green sprouting heirloom, or Calabrese, broccoli with a six- to eight-week harvest window. Like other varieties of broccoli, it is a cool-season crop and requires similar growing conditions to thrive.