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Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

February 14, 2012
10:32 AM

Post #9006452

Some time ago, I came upon a short list of broccoli varieties that grew better in the Spring and those that did better in the Fall. I seem to have misplaced that list. You broccoli experts out there, help me out, please!

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #9007600

Lettuceman - use this link and then click on the Broccoli varieties comparison chart (it's a .pdf so I could not provide the direct link):


http://www.johnnyseeds.com/t-growers_library.aspx?source=GrowGuide
Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

February 16, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9008817

Thank you, HoneyBeeNC! That was exactly what I was looking for...Broccoli here I come!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

February 16, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9008836

Lettuceman,

I just wrote this reply on another thread.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=9008818
Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

February 16, 2012
1:11 PM

Post #9008989

Thanks, Gymgirl! I'm going with Green Magic and Amadeous this Spring and then Arcadia and Marathon in the Fall.
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

February 16, 2012
8:36 PM

Post #9009477

I grew Marathon, it was the worst variety I've ever tried to grow. It didn't do well in fall, winter or spring. It had deformed heads and yellow beads even before the heads were fully formed. It did not have a virus or insect problem (I took samples to the soil and plant lab). Another vendor at the market grew it this year. I saw the heads and said "is that Marathon?" and she said "how did you know?"

dreaves

dreaves
Hutto, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 16, 2012
8:50 PM

Post #9009482

Here is a TAMU newsletter that includes a section on Green Magic broccoli. It looks like A&M recommends it for fall, winter, and spring.

http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/HomeHort/MasterGardener/Scion/Scion 07/October Scion.pdf

David
Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

February 17, 2012
8:53 AM

Post #9009877

Thanks for the heads up on that Marathon variety of broccoli, Calalily. Based on your post, I think I'll pass on that cultivar. And I appreciate your information on the Green Magic, dreaves. In my zone 6, Packman does fairly well, but often doesn't over-winter like I'd like and it's more of a Spring variety in my experience. Again, thanks to both of you for your input.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

February 25, 2012
8:10 AM

Post #9019394

Now I know why I had a hard time with Arcadia in the summertime a few years ago. My favorite Spring planted broccoli was Umpqua, but couldn't find seeds for it locally the last two years. My best plants last Summer were the offspring of a broccoli plant left to go to seed. I had several varieties, so I don't know exactly what it was, or if it was a cross.
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

February 25, 2012
10:08 AM

Post #9019501

I agree with Calalily on Marathon. I love both Emerald Crown and Imperial for both spring and fall. My last fall planting made 11 inch heads down the row...and very tasty...crown setting {Stokes Seeds}
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

March 4, 2012
4:20 AM

Post #9029109

Indy, have you ever grown Coronado Crown? I bought seeds for that one, but haven't grown it.
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

March 4, 2012
5:19 PM

Post #9029970

I tried it once...didn't like the heads.
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


March 4, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9029993

Coronado Crown is okey but not the greatest. Heads separate quickly. On the other hand it is a great producer of side shoots.

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Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

March 6, 2012
4:35 AM

Post #9031840

Thanks Farmerdill. I should have checked it in PlantFiles before buying the seeds.

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