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PlantFiles: Broccoli
Brassica oleracea 'Calabrese'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea (awl-lur-RAY-see-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Calabrese

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral carminator1 On Feb 4, 2010, carminator1 from mobile, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Flavor is very good, however it took forever for the broccoli to form and the main heads were just very small at least for me, I have very limited space to grow so I think I need a better performer with larger heads, will probably not grow again unless I have room for it.

Neutral centralva On Jun 15, 2006, centralva from Richmond, VA wrote:

I"m currently growing this variety.It hasnt headed yet.I planted in early april.These were fairly small transplants.I started the seed in march.The transplants seemed weak and spindly.After an addition of compost and eggshells, they perked up and grew quite well.Im hoping that this isnt the reason that they havent headed yet.Im truly hoping that its the weather causing it.Every thing that Ive planted this year
has matured late and exceeded the normal harvest times called for.

Neutral melody On Jan 27, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Information only, I have not grown this variety.

Introduced to America by Italian immigrants in the 1880's and has been a popular market variety ever since.

The heads can grow up to 8" in diameter and it produces a great abundance of side shoots. Very early and freezes well.

Positive philomel On Mar 19, 2005, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenées
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a green heading broccoli. Delicious and nutritious.
The plant is harvested when the green buds of the flowerheads form a compact dome. The head is slightly less smooth in appearance than the creamy white 'curds' of couliflowers and white broccoli.

Positive Farmerdill On Dec 2, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An oldtimer among the open pollinated broccolis. Very late season, I grew it for a fall crop many years ago, and a large plant. Main head isn't much but side shoots in profusion. Waltham is similar but has a better central head. However if you like florets over an extended period, it will produce them.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Clovis, California
Miami, Florida
Jacksonville, Illinois
Houston, Texas
Radford, Virginia

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