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Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

November 23, 2013
9:22 AM

Post #9715007

I live east of the cascades in the PNW in zone 6. You experts out there, please tell me the best varieties of broccoli to plant both in the Spring and for a Fall harvest
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


November 23, 2013
9:55 AM

Post #9715025

You should be unlimited in your choices. Pick a variety that suits your needs. Example do you want a large central head or are you happier with a medium central head and lots of side shoots. Hybrids in general are more productive than OP's but OP's grow less uniformly giving you a longer harvest window. If you are in a hurry for spring broccoli, choose a quick growing cultivar. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/adv_search.php?searcher[common]=broccoli&searcher[family]=&searcher[genus]=&searcher[species]=&searcher[cultivar]=&searcher[hybridizer]=&searcher[grex]=&search_prefs[blank_cultivar]=&search_prefs[sort_by]=rating&images_prefs=with&Search=Search

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 23, 2013
10:49 AM

Post #9715054

We use Gypsy all the time. It don't mind when it is planted.
Nice main head, unbelievable side shoots. They were still producing at freeze-up.
LAS14
Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

November 25, 2013
12:03 PM

Post #9716397

Well, since Farmerdill says anything will work, I recommend Acadia. I found it 3 years ago and was enchanged. It makes smaller heads, but very prolific (multiples at one time) and great for re-growth. This means I can easily pick the amount of broccoli I want for whatever reason. And it tastes delicious.
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


November 25, 2013
1:07 PM

Post #9716447

If you want an OP, Green Goliath is the best that I have tried. Early enough for spring planting here, staggered harvest, good side shoots. Only two varieties that I have tried that were unsatisfactory were Gypsy and Belstar, not suited to my growing conditions.

Gymgirl

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

November 26, 2013
11:30 AM

Post #9716992

I second the Arcadia recommendation! It is an absolutely GORGEOUS broccoli plant!

And, it actually does makes relatively small heads...depending on what you call small...LOL!

Uh, the side shoots are only about the size of a tangerine, or an orange...

LOL!

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Lettuceman
Dayton, WA

November 26, 2013
1:34 PM

Post #9717043

Thank all of you for your input regarding my broccoli question. I've decided to go with Green Magic and Gypsy in the Spring and Arcadia in the Fall. I have lots of space in my garden so can afford to experiment.
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 12, 2013
3:44 PM

Post #9726985

I've had excellent crops of Green Goliath but being that my garden is a bit north and in a mountain zone, Gypsy does well too. The heads are smaller though and not as productive.

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