Waltham Broccoli Seeds
• 85 days.
• Heirloom variety
• Package contains approximately 650 Waltham Broccoli Seeds
• Germination: 6 to 10 days at 50 to 60 F. Plant seeds 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch deep with 24 inches between plants and 36 inches between rows.
Waltham Broccoli plants are sturdy (20-24” tall), producing 5-6” heads. Also produces lots of side shoots. This variety is cold-resistant, and is a good choice for fall planting. This easy-to-grow broccoli is perfect for freezing.
Broccoli is a cool-season plant and does well in early spring and fall. It is a member of the cabbage family and is related to cauliflower. This dark green vegetable is high in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, iron, and riboflavin. It is a very versatile vegetable and can be enjoyed raw or cooked.
Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:
Broccoli likes cool weather, so you can expect it to do well in the spring and fall. Plant seeds in well-drained, rich soil in a location that will get full sun. A soil pH around 6.0-6.5 is recommended. Make sure broccoli receives adequate moisture, especially in drought conditions. Broccoli benefits from a good fertilizer.
When broccoli is ready to harvest, the heads will be 3-6” around. Cut the heads from the main stem about 6 inches below the head. If the plant has gone to flower, it is too late to harvest broccoli. Store broccoli in the refrigerator for about 5 days, or blanch and freeze for later use.
Recipes/How to Use:
Use broccoli raw or cooked in all kinds of recipes: salads, casseroles, stir-fries, soups, or just by itself.
Easy Steamed Broccoli
3 C. fresh broccoli, cut into florets
2-3 T. Olive oil or butter
Squirt of lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
-Boil about 1-2 inches of water in a saucepan. Add the broccoli in a steamer basket, cover, and steam for about 6-7 minutes.
-Place cooked broccoli in a dish. Drizzle oil or butter, lemon juice, and salt and pepper over the broccoli, and stir before serving.