GROWING GUIDE FOR BROCCOLETTI
Broccoletti, also known as broccoletti di rapa or broccoli raab, is a tasty and nutritious green
that is related to broccoli but has smaller florets and a slightly bitter flavour. It is a cool-
season crop that is easy to grow and can be planted in the spring or fall.
When to Plant: Broccoletti can be planted in early Spring as soon as the soil can be worked,
or in late summer for an Autumn harvest. It prefers cool weather and will bolt (go to seed) in hot
weather, so it is best to plant it in the spring or fall when the temperatures are cooler.
Where to Plant: Broccoletti prefers full sun, but can tolerate some shade. It also prefers well-
draining soil that is rich in organic matter. If your soil is heavy or clay-like, mix in some
compost or other organic matter to improve drainage.
How to Plant: Broccoletti seeds can be sown directly in the garden or started indoors and
transplanted. If you are starting them indoors, sow the seeds in pots or seed trays about six
weeks before the last frost date. Keep the seedlings moist and at a temperature of around 15-
21¬∞C until they are ready to be transplanted.
When transplanting broccoletti seedlings, space them about 45 cm apart in rows 60-90 cm
Care: Once broccoletti is planted, it is relatively low maintenance. Water the plants regularly,
especially during dry spells, to keep the soil consistently moist. Mulching around the plants
can help to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
Fertilise the plants every 3-4 weeks with a balanced fertiliser such as a 10-10-10 fertiliser.
Pests and Diseases: Broccoletti is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but can be
attacked by aphids, flea beetles, and cabbage worms. Keep an eye out for these pests and take
action if necessary. You can use insecticidal soap or neem oil to control them.
Harvesting: Broccoletti is ready to harvest in about 80-90 days after planting. You can
harvest the whole plant, or just the central head, leaving the side shoots to grow for later
harvest. The leaves and florets can be eaten both cooked and raw in salads.
Note: If the weather gets hot, the broccoletti will bolt and the leaves will get bitter.
In summary, broccoletti is a versatile and delicious green that is easy to grow. It prefers cool
weather and can be planted in the spring or fall. Give it plenty of sun, well-draining soil, and
regular water and fertilizer. Keep an eye out for pests, and it should be ready for harvest in
about 6 weeks.
We hope you enjoy growing these heirloom and often rare varieties. While we grow seed commercially it’s home gardeners who are keeping them alive!