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PlantFiles: Broccoli
Brassica oleracea 'De Cicco'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral sketchkat06 On Aug 30, 2010, sketchkat06 from Lawndale, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Grew these in containers. First bunch did ok, but the heads just didn't grow to a very good size. A later batch grew a bit bigger, but the side shoots didn't develop much after the first harvest.

I shall try try again though.

Positive CurtisJones On Nov 24, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: This very tasty broccoli from Italy produces an abundance of small to medium heads. The very productive plants produce lots of various sized florets throughout the season, giving you a long harvest period. We recommend harvesting the main head when it is 3 in diameter this will encourage more side shoots. Sowing seeds every two weeks throughout the cool growing season will ensure a continual harvest. Excess harvest can be blanched and then frozen. Di Cicco Broccoli is also an excellent broccoli seed for sprouting.

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

Information only. I have not grown this variety.

A very old cultivar, introduced to US gardeners in 1890. Produces a 4" head and many side shoots. A nice variety for freezing.

This is an early variety.

Positive Farmerdill On May 12, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An old time open pollinated late seson broccoli still available. Small central head with many side florettes on a very large plant. (90 days). Similar to Green Sprouting Calabrese.


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

Lawndale, California
Menifee, California
Longmont, Colorado
Keystone Heights, Florida
Rome, Georgia
Danville, Kentucky
Saint Louis, Missouri
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
South Padre Island, Texas
Radford, Virginia
Spokane, Washington

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