A nutritious cross between selections of broccoli and kailaan (Chinese kale) has produced Broccoli 'Brakali Apollo'. This superb oriental brassica bears soft and tender stems and flower buds with a delicious and distinctive flavour. The main or central head should be cut first to encourage plenty of tasty side-shoots. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 75cm (30").
Sow broccoli seeds in a well-prepared seed bed from March to June at a depth of 13mm (½") and spaced 30cm (12") apart. Transplant to their final positions around 5 weeks later when the seedlings have four or five leaves.
When growing calabrese, choose a sheltered position in firm, rich fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Take care when transplanting Calabrese as it resents root disturbance. Plant calabrese at a distance of 22cm (9") apart, and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.
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