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Posted On Nov 10, 2014
Posted By Mountain Valley Seed Company 
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Category (Industry) Seeds
Country United States
State Utah
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Broccoli – Di Cicco

Latin Name: Brassica oleracea

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Type: Heirloom (OP)


Di Cicco is an Italian heirloom broccoli dating back from 1890. Very vigorous plants produce heavy crops of 3 to 4 inch wide, blue- green, central heads. Great side- shoot production. Can also be used as a sprouting broccoli.



Start indoors or direct sow.

Seeds needed

½ oz per 100 ft row.

When to sow

Hardy group. Sow seeds as soon as soil dries out in Spring. Seeds will germinate in soil temperatures as low as 40°F. Sow seed in July for fall crop.

Planting depth

¼ - ½ inch.

In row spacing

18-24 inches.

Square foot spacing

1 per square

Sun exposure

Full sun to light shade.

Seeds per ounce


Days to germination


Germination Temperature

50° to 70°F

Days to maturity


Mature size

2 to 3 feet

Companion plants

Celery, potatoes and onions help improve flavor when planted closely. Aromatic herbs such as rosemary, sage, and mint help repel insects.


Tips and tricks

Plants have shallow root systems, mulch to protect roots. Keep well- weeded to avoid weed competition and conserve moisture. Can be grown as a sprouting broccoli indoors in sprouting trays.

Fruit/produce description

3 to 4 inch bluish- green central head, then lots of medium- sized shoots.

When and how to harvest

Harvest when head of broccoli is formed. Head should be firm and dark green in color. Make cut at least five inches below head on stem. Cut with sharp knife in one cut to avoid stem damage.

Pests and Problems

Broccoli sometimes gets cabbage loopers or cutworms. For loopers spray with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). For cutworms put cardboard collar around new transplants to extend 1” to 2” above soil level.

Yield data

1 ½ pounds of product per plant.

How to preserve

Cut up, blanche, and freeze in freezer bags.

Seed collection

Insure isolation from all members of the Cole family to avoid cross pollination. After harvesting heads a small yellow flower will appear, and green pods will begin to form. Allow pods to turn brown and dry out. Once pods are dry, they can be picked and opened by hand.

Nutritional Info

Rich source of Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Dietary Fiber, and Vitamins: A, C, K, B6. Very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol.


Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli


2 heads broccoli, separated into florets

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

½ teaspoon lemon juice


Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, toss broccoli florets with extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, pepper and garlic. Spread the broccoli out in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until florets are tender enough to pierce stems with a fork, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and transfer to a serving platter. Squeeze lemon juice liberally over broccoli before serving.