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Choosing the Right Broccoli For You

By bitbit
January 9, 2014

This winter garden staple has so many varieties that it's easy to get overwhelmed when you look at a seed catalog or well-stocked nursery. Here's a summary of a few varieties I've grown, and the pros and cons of each.

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Jan 8, 2014 6:14 PM CST
Which type is best. They all sound great. I usually just grow the more common type broccoli that looks like all the ones at the grocery store.
Baltimore County, MD (Zone 7a)
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bitbit
Jan 8, 2014 6:40 PM CST
I think which is best is completely a matter of preference, that's why I gave some pros and cons of each. I think I had the most fun with Romanesco: it's a really unique and beautiful vegetable, though the fact that it doesn't keep producing made it hard to justify in my small space.

In his Idea earlier this week, @dave recommended Waltham. I've never grown it, though the characteristics sound similar to Calabrese, which was my most productive variety.

I'm curious to hear which varieties other members have grown. What did you like and dislike about them?
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jan 8, 2014 6:48 PM CST
I have seeds for a leaf type broccoli that does not set heads, I forget what you call it. Will try seeds this spring along with the more common broccoli that we are all used to seeing. I have never even eaten that Romanesco type so probably will not be growing it.

But all this talk of cold weather veggies this week has really made me want spring to get here so I can start my crops!
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 8, 2014 8:17 PM CST
For the past 2 years I have purchased the bare root broccoli plants from the local farm supply store. They sell what grows best here and what the locals prefer. I never ask the ID, just pay my $3.50 for 25 plants and run home to plant them twice a year.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jan 8, 2014 9:05 PM CST
Good plant Greene! That is a great price for a lot of plants.

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