Vegetables and Fruit forum: Broccolo Spigarello finally flowering!

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Name: Rick Corey
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Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Apr 25, 2012 5:42 PM CST
Broccolo Spigarello is a cold-hardy Italian leaf broccoli that over-wintered in my garden. It's suppsoed to be cold-hardy down to 25F, and Zone 8b averages 15F - 20F minimum temp, but this was a mild winter.

Anyway, it never flowered in its first year, but this spring (when it was around 10-11 months old, it flowered profusely! I hope to get plenty of seed.

Onl;ine sources all call it an "annual vegetable", but shouldn't I call it biennial if it only seeds the spring after it was sown? I sowed it late last spring or early last summer. Maybe if I had sown it before the last forst it would have flowered and seeded last year.

I may not have 30 individual plants, so it may not be a stable population if I propagate it for severa,l years, but it is pretty!

Spigariello Liscia
Broccolo Spigariello
Cima di rape Spigarello
Cavolo Broccolo Spigariello
Brassica oleracea var. 'Spigariello'
Italian Heirloom O.P. Matures in 45-65 days


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