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Brassica oleracea (Broccoli ‘Packman’)

Life: Biennial grown as Annual

Size: 2-3'

Light: Full Sun

Water: Average Water with Good Drainage

Soil: Any Neutral

50 days to maturity. F-1 hybrid. This fast growing variety produces enormous yields of 5-8" very flavorful heads which extend above the foliage, making for easy harvesting. The primary head is followed by continuous production of smaller side shoots until the weather becomes too hot. One of the best varieties for the deep south, it is heat and pest resistant, tolerant of different soil types as long as they drain well and is a Texas All-Star selection. A cool weather crop, in the Houston area it should be planted in the fall, giving it adequate time to mature before spring temps stay in the 80s causing it to bolt (go to flower and then to seed). Prepare soil in full sun, adding nitrogen if necessary and neutralizing heavily alkaline or acid soils. Space plants 18" apart in rows 2' apart. Broccoli may also be grown in 7 gallon containers, 1 plant per pot.