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Green Sprouting Broccoli

Brassica oleracea (Italica Group) 'Calabrese'

Also known as

Sprouting Broccoli

Sprouting broccoli, DeCicco variety. by Downtowngal (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Green Sprouting Broccoli Overview

Brassica oleracea var. italica 'Calabrese', also known as Sprouting Broccoli or Green Sprouting Broccoli produces small green flower heads and tender stalks. This is an excellent autumn crop for cold climates that can be used either fresh or frozen. Not only are the flower heads edible but so are the stalks, buds, and leaves.

Common problems with Green Sprouting Broccoli

This variety is very disease resistant but can be affected by Cabbage White butterfly. Remove any yellowing or fallen leaves and burn them to prevent fungal diseases.

    Green Sprouting Broccoli Companion Plants

    Borage, onions, spring onions, leeks, cucumber, celery, dill, rosemary, sage, nasturtium

    How to harvest Green Sprouting Broccoli

    Harvest the central head 8-10 weeks after planting out the seedlings when it is fully developed but still compact in late winter to late spring. Cut the heads while they're in a tight bud; Pick once a week in cool weather and twice a week in warm weather to encourage the ​development of side shoots.

    How to propagate Green Sprouting Broccoli


    Sow seeds directly, 10-15 mm deep and 30 cm apart in Summer. Germination takes 7-12 days. Or start seeds indoors and transplant once they are 6-8 cm high, 30 cm apart, in drills of 2.5 cm deep.

    Special features of Green Sprouting Broccoli

    Crop rotation

    Green Sprouting Broccoli is a heavy feeder and the crops should be rotated more often than once every four years to prevent the risk of club root infestation.

    Other uses of Green Sprouting Broccoli




    Edibles to Plant Out in July

    Young plants started off indoors can now be planted out.

    A photo of Broccoli


    Brassica oleracea var. italica (Italica Group)

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