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Broccoli 'Brokali Apollo' F1 Hybrid (Calabrese, Chinese Kale)

Brassica oleracea, Kailaan

Hardy Annual

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").


Companion planting: Try growing broccoli with Nasturtiums to draw cabbage white butterflies away from your crop, and mint to help deter flea beetles.


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Companion Planting

Ideal For:
kitchen garden
Sowing Months:
March, April, May, June
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (25 broccoli seeds)

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    • Despatch: by Monday
    • £3.29 £0.99

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.

Water Calabrese regularly and do not allow them to dry out as this may impair their development. Hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing and bring insect larvae to the surface. The main heads of Calabrese can be harvested from September when they reach 10cm (4") in diameter, before the flowers open. Leave the plant in the ground to allow sideshoots to develop. These can be harvested when they are 10cm (4") long. Regular picking will encourage more shoots to be produced. Culinary note: Calabrese is suitable for freezing.
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Reviews
  1. Very successful

    By Laura Newman 27-12-2015

    Trouble-free to grow - I just netted it to keep off butterflies and pigeons. The whole family loved the taste, and it was still producing the odd helping through to December.

    Anne
    28-12-2015

    Thank you very much for your review. I am very pleased that you have been happy with your purchase and thank you so much for taking the time to let us know. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

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