Single Packet of 350 Seeds
This seed packet measures 3.25″ wide by 4.50" tall and includes a clear & colorful illustration on the front. It also includes detailed seed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well. All seeds sold by Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and are intended for the current and the following growing season. All seeds are produced from open pollinated plants, stored in a temperature controlled facility and are constantly moved out due to popularity.
Grow a garden filled with the strange, yet unique, Romanesco Broccoli, from freshly harvested Brassica oleracea seeds. Romanesco is an Italian heirloom and has been enjoyed for years, since the 16th century. The heads display apple-green, whorled pinnacles on 7 inch heads. The plants themselves can easily spread 3 feet wide, and grow to a mature height of about 2 or 3 feet tall. Romanesco boasts a mild, yet nutty flavoring and is often eaten raw, or cooked.
Romanesco Broccoli is categorized as an annual crop. Annuals such as this will grow quickly from freshly harvested seeds, producing flowers, fruits and seeds all within a single season. Romanesco is just one variety of Broccoli that we have to offer. check out our Broccoli seed category for additional varieties. You may also be interested in our Purple Cauliflower variety as well.
Sowing The Seed
Romanesco Broccoli is a cool weather crop that can be started indoors, or directly outdoors. If started indoors, sow in starter pots, 4 to 6 weeks prior to the last frost. If started outdoors in the Spring, sow just before the last frost, or in mid-summer, for a fall harvest. Till your sowing area, removing all unwanted plant life and weeds. Sow the seeds at a depth of 1/4” under, in rows measured about 10’ long.
Broccoli will grow in an area that receives full sunlight for at least 6 hours daily. The plants will bolt and go to seed if temperatures are too high. the soil should be fertile and rich in organic matter, but also well drained. To improve drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas containing hard, compact soil. Water daily to ensure that the seeds receive enough moisture to germinate properly.
Germination & Growth
Broccoli seeds typically germinate within 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants will grow 2 to 3 feet tall, spreading about 12 inches wide. They can be spaced 18 to 24 inches apart from one another, in rows spaced 24 inches apart. Romanesco will produce 5 to 6 inch, spiraled, lime green heads that boast a better flavoring than most finer Broccoli’s available. They are ready for harvesting in roughly 75 to 100 days.
Harvesting Romanesco Broccoli
Grande Rio Verde will be ready for harvesting in roughly 80 to 85 days. The fruits will develop a papery husk, and the fruits will willingly drop to the ground when they are ready to be consumed. Grande Rio Verde fruits can be stored in the fridge, in ziplock bags for a good two weeks, and can also be frozen as well.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: Absolutely not! At Seed Needs, we have a strong stance against GMO based seed products. We promise to NEVER knowingly carry, or ship GMO based seed products.
Question: Are your seeds orgnic? Or do you offer organic seeds?
Answer: At this time we do not offer certified organic seed varieties. Although some of the seeds in our shop may be from organic suppliers, we do not have the rights label them as such.
Question: Are your seeds Heirloom?
Answer: Yes, we carry a diverse selection of heirloom seeds that are sourced from professional growers that are located all over the globe. A small selection of varieties are Hybrids, and are labeled as such on the product listings.
Question: Are you located within the United States?
Answer: Yes, we store and ship all of our seeds from New Baltimore, Michigan.
Question: Do you ship out of the USA?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and to Canada.
You may be interested in our article "What are Hybrids, GMO's & Heirlooms?"