Fast-growing and easy-to-grow broccoli with tender stems, also known as green sprouting broccoli, is a popular alternative to round headed varieties. Sweet tasting bluish-green stems are delicious picked fresh and lightly steamed.
Sow seed thinly 6mm (¼in) deep, and cover with a sprinkling of dry vermiculite or finely sieved compost. Place the seed and tray in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag and keep at around 18-21?C (65-70?F) until seeds germinate which takes 4-7 days. Broccoli calebrini Sweet Returns. If you like Broccoli ‘Stemmia’ then you’ll love our new introduction, Broccoli CLX35985 F1 (Calabrini)! From the latest breeding in sweet-stemmed Broccoli, this variety will produce tender, tasty sideshoots from the leaf axils, even without the main head being cut. The shoots can be harvested as and when you need them, and they will just keep coming! Enjoy a long cropping period with this delicious white sprouting Broccoli.
Height: 90cm (35?). Spread: 60cm (24?).
March – June
July – October
How to sow
Sow sprouting broccoli seeds in a well-prepared seed bed from March to June at a depth of 13mm (½”) and spaced 30cm (12?) apart. Transplant to their final positions around 5 weeks later when the seedlings have four or five leaves.
When growing sprouting broccoli, choose a sheltered position in firm, rich fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Plant sprouting broccoli deeply for stability at a distance of 60cm (24?) apart, and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.
Try growing broccoli with Nasturtiums to draw cabbage white butterflies away from your crop, and mint to help deter flea beetles.