Broccoli 'Sibsey' is a fabulous sweet stem broccoli, similar in appearance to Cima di rapa (Wild Broccoli). High in nutritional value, this tasty Calabrese fetches a high price in the supermarkets. The tender stems are so sweet that you can even eat them raw! Grow this variety in full sun where the sunlight gives flavour to the developing shoots which emerge above the foliage. This productive Broccoli will produce 3 to 4 harvests per plant. Height: 90cm (35"). Spread: 60cm (24").
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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