Long tender stems. Montebello is a versatile broccolini variety that boasts extreme stress tolerance even under less than ideal conditions. Sweet, tender stems and florets are ready to star in salads and veggie trays and uniquely delectable roasted, sautéed or steamed. You can bunch the main heads together and sell as long-stemmed broccoli (2-3 heads per bunch) or as single heads that can develop to 4-7" in size. A welcome addition to your garden. 80-85 days to maturity. Approx. 25 seeds/pkg.
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Plant seeds 1⁄4-1⁄2 inches deep. Transplant or thin small plants to 15-18 inches apart in rows 32-36 inches apart. Transplants can be started in April for May planting. Transplant after 3-4 weeks. Use a starter fertilizer, soaking the root ball thoroughly prior to transplanting. Direct seed in late spring, as seedlings can tolerate a light frost. Transplant outdoors 12–24" apart for sprouting broccoli in rows 18–36" apart.
Broccoli prefers full sun but will tolerate part shade. Prepare a rich, loose soil that holds moisture well and has pH level of 6.0-6.5. Broccoli is a heavy feeder and will also benefit from applications of boron, calcium and magnesium, particularly during the early stages of growth.
Before flower buds open, cut stems of central head and side shoots. Stems 4–8" in length can be bunched for sale or sold loose. Recommend harvesting regularly to encourage continued production.
Pests & Diseases:
Cabbage worms and loopers (white and yellow butterflies) can be controlled using BTK, Rotenone or Pyrethrum. Use row covers to block out all insects including root maggots, aphids and Diamondback moths. Maintaining soil pH of 6.8 and higher will discourage club root. Fungal and bacteria diseases such as head rot and downy mildew can be prevented by allowing good air circulation and avoiding a mid August maturity when the air humidity is higher. Strong healthy plants growing in an organically rich soil will be better able to fight disease.
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