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Brassica ruvo

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: ruvo (ROO-vo) (Info)

Synonym:Brassica rapa var. cymosa

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive zeldonian On Jun 24, 2005, zeldonian from Haines Falls, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

Very early, grows quickly, likes cool weather. Tasty cooked. Can be direct seeded or grown from small transplant. Heads not bigger than 1 1/2" Pretty yellow flowers if not harvested quickly

Positive PurplePansies On Apr 27, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Broccoli raab germinates easily.... the seedlings resemble "butts" for lack of a better description! Round and fat with an indent on each outer side...... then the "true" leaves appear..... grows well in cool weather hot weather makes it taste awful..... let some go to seed and bolt (flowerr) so you can harvest seeds (for sowing)...... Plants should be thinned or transplanted to an interval of six inches..... harvest plants before buds open..... Generally served cooked (lightly steamed)..... Fast growing vegetable good for spring and fall harvests..... Plants also grow quite well in half shade. :)


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Haines Falls, New York
Vinton, Ohio

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