Introduced in 1890, De Cicco broccoli is an old school Italian variety that continues to please today. This super-producing plant can grow 2-3' tall and will produce 3-4" bluish-green that protrude slightly above the foliage. Once you cut the main head, many more side shoots will develop. Each of these side shoots will, in turn, produce loads of small to medium sized heads all summer long. If you want a still greater production of these delectable side shoots (some compare the flavor to broccolini), harvest the main head before it reaches 3" in diameter. Maturity is variable with these plants and their side shoots, which means a longer harvest for you. De Cicco broccoli freezes well, which may serve you well with the heavy yields you will be getting.
Days to Maturity: 45-85
- 6-8 weeks before last frost sow seeds ¼-½" deep into peat pots.
- Germination: 10 days at 70°F
- 2-3 weeks before last frost transplant seedlings into garden.
- Plant 2 ft. apart in rows that are 2-3 ft. apart.
- In early spring, sow seeds ¼" deep in sun and rich soil.
- Place seeds 2 ft. apart in rows that are 2-3 ft. apart.
- Sow outdoors in spring, and again in fall in mild climates.
- Harvest main heads while still compact and lateral side-shoots until killing frosts occur.