Broccoli - Romanesco - Sow Good Seeds

Broccoli - Romanesco

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Brassica oleracea

Romanesco plants produce a central head followed by multiple side shoots, allowing for prolonged harvesting. The plants typically grow up to 80 cm tall and feature dense, spiral florets that exhibit a natural fractal pattern.

This variety is favoured for its crunchy texture and consistency in flavour, offering a sweeter and less bitter taste than common broccoli.

100 heirloom seeds

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Description

Brassica oleracea

Romanesco broccoli is recognised by its unique geometric shape and vibrant green colour. This Italian variety is not only grown for its visual appeal, but for its mild and nutty flavour, which sets it apart from traditional broccoli and cauliflower.

About Romanesco Broccoli: Romanesco plants produce a central head followed by multiple side shoots, allowing for prolonged harvesting. The plants typically grow up to 80 cm tall and feature dense, spiral florets that exhibit a natural fractal pattern. This variety is favoured for its crunchy texture and consistency in flavour, offering a sweeter and less bitter taste than common broccoli.

Growing In Australia: Romanesco broccoli performs best in cooler regions of Australia but can be grown in other areas with some shade during peak heat. It prefers fertile, well-drained soil and needs protection from common brassica pests like aphids and caterpillars. 

Benefits and Uses: Nutritionally, Romanesco is rich in vitamins C and K, dietary fibre, and antioxidants. It is suitable for steaming, roasting, or raw thanks to its firm texture. Its gentle flavour makes it a great ingredient in dishes where a subtler taste of broccoli is desired.

Planting and Care Tips: For best growth, start Romanesco broccoli seeds indoors or sow directly outdoors in late summer for an autumn harvest. Plant seeds about 6mm deep, spacing plants 30cm apart. Ensure the plants receive steady water, particularly as they establish and begin to develop heads. Full sunlight is necessary, though light afternoon shade can be beneficial in hot climates. Feed regularly with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to promote healthy growth and head formation.

100+ heirloom seeds

Sowing Information

Plant Type: Annual
Sow When: Temperate: Autumn, Winter
                   Subtropical: Autumn, Winter
                   Tropical: Winter
Sow Where: Seed trays
Sow Depth: 6mm
Germination: 7-14 days 
Position: Slight shade
Plant Spacing: 30cm
Row Spacing: 60cm
Plant Height: 100cm
Harvest: 85-120 days

Climate Zone

The image below will help you determine which climate zone you are in, and allow you to choose the best varieties for your area.

Australia-climate-map MJC01

Martyman, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Didn't realise I was buying seeds, that's ok though... I'm not really a green thumb but there's plenty of seeds for me to have a go, and if I fail, I have friends who are green thumbs, so they can grow them for me... 😁

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