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Broccoli 'Green Sprouting'

Brassica oleracea (Italica Group) 'Calabrese'

Also known as

Spruitjies, Spruitkool, Winterblomkool, Winterkool (Afr.)

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

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

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  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Broccoli 'Green Sprouting' 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 Broccoli 'Green Sprouting'

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.

    Broccoli 'Green Sprouting' Companion Plants

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

    How to harvest Broccoli 'Green Sprouting'

    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 Broccoli 'Green Sprouting'


    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 Broccoli 'Green Sprouting'

    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 Broccoli 'Green Sprouting'




    Edible to Sow Under Cover in May

    Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.

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