Brassica oleracea (Italica Group) 'Fiesta'
Broccoli - F1 Hybrid 'Fiesta'
Brassica oleracea Broccoli 'Fiesta' is an impressive variety which produces large domed heads, with a consistent weight of 340g (12oz) with medium heads during the late summer-autumn period. It has numerous secondary side shoots that are produced once the centre head is harvested. Also has an outstanding tolerance to heat. Ideal for freezing.
|Botanical name||Brassica oleracea (Italica Group)|
|Common name||Broccoli - F1 Hybrid 'Fiesta'|
|Plant type||Vegetable Seeds|
|Season of interest||Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Ultimate spread||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Useful/additional information||Sow seeds mid May to June. Sow seeds thinly in a prepared seedbed 1-2cm (½ to ¾in) deep. Keep well watered and cover with fine netting to deter birds and cabbage caterpillar attack. Transplant when large enough to handle into well prepared, firm soil allowing 45x38cm (18x15in) between plants. Plant firmly with lower leaves just above soil level. Water regularly during dry weather to minimise heads running to flower. Water Calabrese regularly and do not allow them to dry out, as this may impair their development. Hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing and bring insect larvae to the surface. The main heads of Calabrese can be harvested from September when they reach 1cm (4in) in diameter, before the flowers open. Leave the plant in the ground to allow sideshoots to develop. These can be harvested when they are 1cm (4in) long. Regular picking will encourage more shoots to be produced. Culinary note: Calabrese is suitable for freezing.|