Broccoli - Romanesco
This stunning-looking, highly attractive, lime green head is made up of a mass of small conical-shaped florets forming a pointed curd, not unlike a green cauliflower. It is packed full of superb flavour and is more tender than cauliflower.
Sow seeds from April to May, thinly in a well prepared seed bed, in shallow drills 1.5cm deep in short rows. Alternatively sow the seeds thinly in seeds trays or two seeds per cell in modules under glass at 13°C. Outdoor sowings should be thinned out to 7-10cm apart. Once plants are large enough, lift and transplant to their final planting positions, 60cm apart with 90cm between the rows. As soon as glasshouse seedlings show their first pair of leaves, prick off into trays 5cm apart or thin modules to one seedling per cell. Gradually harden off before planting out when about 15cm tall to the same spacings as detailed above. Ready to harvest from August to October.