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Broccoli

Brassica oleracea (Broccoli ‘Packman’)

Life: Biennial grown as Annual
Size: 2-3′

 

Light: Full Sun
Water: Average Water with Good Drainage

 

Soil: Any Neutral

 

50 days to maturity. F-1 hybrid. This fast growing variety produces enormous yields of 5-8″ very flavorful heads which extend above the foliage, making for easy harvesting. The primary head is followed by continuous production of smaller side shoots until the weather becomes too hot. One of the best varieties for the deep south, it is heat and pest resistant, tolerant of different soil types as long as they drain well and is a Texas All-Star selection. A cool weather crop, in the Houston area it should be planted in the fall, giving it adequate time to mature before spring temps stay in the 80s causing it to bolt (go to flower and then to seed). Prepare soil in full sun, adding nitrogen if necessary and neutralizing heavily alkaline or acid soils. Space plants 18″ apart in rows 2′ apart. Broccoli may also be grown in 7 gallon containers, 1 plant per pot.

Brassica oleracea (Broccoli ‘Premium Crop’)

Life: Biennial grown as Annual

 

 

Size: 2-3′

 

 

Light: Full Sun

 

 

Water: Average Water with Good Drainage

 

 

Soil: Any Neutral

 

55 days to maturity. F-1 hybrid. All America Selection winner. This tall upright plant produces large, 7-9″, firm, dark green heads with the ability to hold its quality longer on the plant than most varieties. Widely used by processors and home gardeners due in part to its resistance to heat and fusarium wilt. Harvest when the buds on the head are firm and tight, cutting 5 to 10 inches down on the stalk; smaller side shoots will be produced until the weather is too hot. A cool weather crop, in the Houston area it should be planted in the fall, giving it adequate time to mature before spring temps stay in the 80s causing it to bolt (go to flower and then to seed). Prepare soil in full sun, adding nitrogen if necessary and neutralizing heavily alkaline or acid soil. Space plants 18″ apart; in rows 2′ apart. Broccoli may also be grown in 7 gallon containers, 1 plant per pot.