This is the third plant that we grow from seeds in Adelaide when we first started vegetable gardening. The seeds that we bought 3 years ago still have not finished and still germinate really well. We usually have excess seedlings of Italian sprouting broccoli and give it away to friends. Well you never know what will happened while they grow as they are one of the pest favourite so it is better to have extra seedlings to transplant with the ones that has no more leaves. I was not planning to plant sprouting broccoli when the first time we decided to try growing broccoli. We did not know back then that there are many types of broccoli variety like sprouting, broccolini or Romanesco broccoli. We always thought that broccoli was like cauliflower, they grow big curd and after harvesting the curd you won’t have anything more to harvest from the plant. Since they were many broccoli packets to choose from the seed rack, my hand reached out for “Italian Sprouting”. I think I was attracted with the packaging. Another bad habit hard to lose. So that is how our affair started with “Italian Sprouting” broccoli. How happy I was to discover that after harvesting the main head, many tiny heads suddenly shoot out from tiny stems. More and more of tiny sprouted broccoli heads to harvest continuously for weeks until the weather is too hot for them.
We usually start sowing Italian Sprouting Broccoli end of March. Late sowing for us will be end of May. Last transplanted seedlings will be in June.
A month later after top photo was taken. It is unbelievable to see how much they have grown in just one month after I compared the photos together when I kept thinking they grow so slow. Now some of the plants have start to develop delicious curd!
Harvested our first Italian Sprouting broccoli today. Our Italian Sprouting broccoli started 2 weeks earlier than previous season. We were so happy because we miss eating broccoli so much has been waiting for broccoli season to come back in our garden since last year.
Italian sprouting broccoli grows very well in container as well. We had so many excess seedlings last year that I decided to grow them in containers. Well thinning task is already hard for me, so with healthy seedlings I just can’t chuck them in compost. Those 2 plants are happy in the same container which has soil depth about 30cm. Many books wrote that it is not suitable to grow broccoli in container, but I guess you just have to see it for yourself. I hope people with limited space will be encourage to try growing them.
A bolted Italian sprouting broccoli plants. If you stop harvesting those tiny heads it will start to produce flowers. Bees really like this flowers.
Italian Sprouting Broccoli seed pods after successful pollination helped by the bees.
Italian Sprouting Broccoli dried seed pods.
Have a nice weekend.