Broccoli, Di Cicco (Brassica oleracea) - 200 Seeds

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Di Cicco Broccoli (Brassica oleracea) - 200 Seeds

•American grown seeds
•Sow traditionally as a garden crop or as a sprout

Di Cicco is an Italian heirloom broccoli dating back from 1890. Very vigorous plants produce heavy crops of 3 to 4 inch wide, blue- green, central heads. Great side- shoot production. Can also be used as a sprouting broccoli. The Di Cicco variety of broccoli was introduced in 1890 in Italy, and is still a popular garden crop to grow. Broccoli is hardy and can be grown in zones 3-10 and can withstand frost. These seeds will grow and produce modestly sized heads with a large yield of side shoots. The tops of the Di Cicco broccoli heads have a soft green a purple color, and can be eaten in different ways such as in a salad, side item or part of a stir fry.

Nutritional Value:
Broccoli provides an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium, and folic acid. It is a good source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, Beta-carotene, potassium, and copper. Broccoli in the diet also supplies vitamin B1, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin, and selenium.

Growing Instructions:
If starting your Di Cicco broccoli crops indoors, you can transplant the seedlings outdoors when they are 3" tall. This is recommended for growing in cooler climates. If you want to start growing the broccoli directly outside, sow the seeds 1/4" deep, 18" apart, with 18-24" between the rows. Although broccoli can withstand frost, it also needs full sun to thrive. During the first two weeks, the broccoli seeds will be germinating and will need consistently moist soil. While growing, the broccoli will need one to two inches of water each week. It is recommended to water at ground level. Between 48 to 70 days, the broccoli will be mature and ready to harvest; by this time, the heads of the main shoot will have a diameter of three inches. By cutting off the main head at this time, more side shoots/florets will be encouraged to grow.

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