Green Sprouting Calabrese Broccoli was introduced to the seed trade around 1915 and has been a very popular Broccoli ever since! This fantastic, old fashioned Broccoli variety is a very disease resistant, very hardy and very prolific producer of 3 to 6 inch, large broccoli heads! The heads are a dark green in color, with a tight, bluish green center and are typically uniform in size and shape. Once the initial head is cut, many small branches will also appear which will produce small clusters of broccoli sprouts. The plants will grow from 30 to 36 inches in height. Although the heads of this Broccoli variety are typically the only thing utilized, the stalks, buds and leaves are also edible. Green Sprouting Calabrese Broccoli is very easy to grow and is an excellent crop for cold climates that can be used either fresh or frozen. Matures in approximately 60 to 80 days. This broccoli variety is not only excellent to the taste, but are very tender, contain few calories and are extremely high in Vitamin A! Growing instructions Start seed indoors up to 8 weeks before last frost in pots, or sow directly into the garden after danger of serious frost has passed. Cover seeds with 1/8 inch of fine soil. Space plants 18 to 24 inches apart in rows spaced 2 to 3 feet apart depending upon available room. Thin or transplant seedlings when 2 inches tall. Transplant indoor started seedlings after hardening off and danger of serious frost has passed. 7 to l0 day germination time. Keep soil moderately moist during germination. Broccoli grows best in a mostly sunny location during the cooler parts of the growing season. Broccoli can be sown in midsummer for fall crop, or later in summer for possible over-wintering in mild winter areas.