Di Cicco Broccoli Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 207 feet.
5 out of 5 stars
(2 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
An Italian classic, 'Di Cicco' is a superb variety, producing numerous, small to medium-sized heads well into the summer for more delicious broccoli more often! We recommend harvesting the main head when it is 3" in diameter; this will encourage side shoots. 'Di Cicco' is a good freezer variety; leaves are also edible, cooked like chard. Seeds are excellent for sprouting!
$2.49 1.5 grams (~410 seeds)

Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. italica

Days to Maturity: 48 days

Family: Brassicaceae

Native: Europe

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual

Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall

Variety Information: 3"–4" bluish-green central head, followed by lots of smaller florets. Leaves are dark green. 'Di Cicco' is a popular, reliable European heirloom introduced in 1890. Produces over a long period of time.

When to Sow Outside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, or when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 60°"–85°F. Also in late summer for fall harvest. Mild Climates: Best sown in fall or winter for cool–season harvest.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside after your average last frost date, or 12 weeks before your average first fall frost date. In mild climates, sow in fall for harvest in late winter and early spring. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–85°F, cooler (60°F) growing temperatures thereafter.

Days to Emerge: 7–14 days

Seed Depth: ⅛"

Seed Spacing: A group of 6 seeds every 18"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 18"

Harvesting: Before florets open, when the head is 3" in diameter, cut the stem below the head, leaving branching leaves. This will encourage large numbers of side florets.

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Di Cicco Broccoli Seeds Reviews

2 reviews

Fun to Grow

5 out of 5 stars Sep 28, 2020
This was my first time growing broccoli. I grew them in a container, and the plants got HUGE. This was wonderful, as we harvested the broccoli leaves on a regular basis, enjoying them braised. I planted my seeds a bit late, and I think it got too hot for them, as three out of four did not head. The one that did head did so after about four months. I got so excited to see a head forming that I waited to long to harvest, and it bolted. Another thing I learned: Broccoli flowers are gorgeous! I really enjoyed growing this seed, and hope others learn from my user error! It will definitely be in my garden again next year, hopefully with my mistakes corrected!
Kate Isdell from UT

Di Cicco Broccoli

5 out of 5 stars Jul 18, 2021
Despite cabbage worms wreaking havoc on my brassicas this year, I think I was able to harvest a head and a few smaller florets from almost all of the Di Ciccos I planted! I sowed a few plants every week from the middle of February to the middle of March and I noticed the first head forming in early May. I liked these quick-maturing plants because I was able to start harvesting right around the time it starts to really heat up down here. Any florets I got after I cut off the main head was just a bonus until I had to cut them down to make room for something else. Overall this was a great variety!
Kayla from AL

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