For summer plantings/early fall harvest our recommended sub is Gypsy. We do not include Gypsy in our broccoli comparison chart for this slot even though, in our experience, Gypsy works well here - just not quite as well as Bay Meadows and Diplomat.
Best in Northeast and Northwest. Very uniform, medium-large heads with small beads. Dark green and dense. Suitable for bunch or crown cut. Performs particularly well in northern areas with moderately warm summer temperatures. Intermediate resistance to downy mildew. For summer and fall harvest. Avg. 125,000 seeds/lb. Packet: 100 seeds.
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Latin Name: Brassica oleracea (italica group)
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For summer planting for late fall harvest, we recommend Arcadia. It has superior cold tolerance and has a proven track record of being the best late fall variety.
CULTURE: See "Cabbage", Broccoli prefers a well-drained, fertile soil high in organic matter, a pH of 6.0-7.5 with a consistent supply of moisture throughout the growing season. Irrigate regularly for best results. While more heat-tolerant varieties are now on the market, Broccoli does not generally do well in hot weather. The best success is with spring and fall crops. PLANTING, DISEASES, INSECT PESTS, AND NOTES: See "Cabbage". TYPICAL PLANT POPULATION: 43,560 plants/acre (1 sq. ft./plant) spaced 8" apart in rows 18" apart. HARVEST: Before flower buds open, cut center head. Hydrocool or ice as soon as possible. Harvest secondary side shoots regularly to encourage continued production. STORAGE: Store at 32°F (0°C), 95-98% relative humidity, with good air circulation for 10-14 days. DAYS TO MATURITY: From date of transplanting; add about 20 days if direct seeding. AVG. PRECISION SEEDING RATE: 583'/1,000 seeds, 50,000 seeds (avg. 8.3 oz.)/acre spaced 7" apart in rows 18" apart. TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 850 plants/1,000 seeds. SIZED SEEDS: Standard except where noted. SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: 70,000-150,000 (Avg. 96,000). PACKET: 100 seeds sows 50'.