Garden Diary: Romanesco Broccoli

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While looking at seeds in Menard’s I was drawn to a few packets in the “Unique and Rare” seed section. One of them was Romanesco Broccoli. The shape of the plant on the front of the seed packet was so unique, I had to grab it.

It was a Burpee brand, 800 mg packet with a retail price of 2.79, I think I paid just over half of that. There are a ton of seeds in there, id guess 100 or so.

Romanesco broccoli seeds, like those of other broccoli varieties, are small and round / oval in shape, and brown to dark brown or black in color. They are smooth to the touch and easy to lose track of.

Romanesco broccoli seeds consist of a protective seed coat that serves as a protective layer that helps safeguard the embryo and its nutrient reserves from environmental factors and pathogens.

Plant Needs: Full Sun
Days til Sprout: 1-3 weeks
Days to Harvest: 75-100
Plant: 1/4 inch deep 16 inches apart or 1 plant per 12 inch container

Planted: 2/24/24
Expected Ready Date: 6-1 / 6-2

Special Notes:

  • Start indoors 8 weeks before planting outdoors
  • Move to a sheltered area outside for 1 week before transplanting

The Journey Begins:

Day 1: February 24, 2024
I loaded compostable containers with starter mix that I also got at Menard’s. I made sure to water the soil shortly before putting the seeds in so the moisture could sink into all the growing medium.
The package said to plant 1/4 inch, so put the seed right on top of the moist soil and then covered it with a light sprinkle of starter mix on top.This ensures there full coverage of the seed without getting it too deep. I sprayed some water on the top layer to finish the moisture process and put them into the grow tent.
I’ve seen on the internet these could sprout as soon as 5 days, but the package says 10-21 days. During this time I will check on the containers every day or every other day to make sure the soil is still moist, adding water when needed.

Based on the seed math, I should be harvesting these for my birthday in early June. It also looks like they will probably live their whole lives inside, but we shall see.

I don’t eat broccoli normally, but I am super interested to see what this one tastes like.

Day 2: February 25, 2024

Nothing exciting. Soil still looks good, no sign of sprouts.

Day 3: February 26, 2024

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Day 7: March 1, 2024

Week 1 Recap

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