Growing Broccoli Raab Spring Rapini Garden Vegetable Seeds
- Latin Name: brassica oleracea var italica
- Other Names:
- Days to Maturity: 40-60 days
- Hardiness Zone: 7-11
- Planting Depth: 1-2"
- Plant Spacing: 6"
- Row Spacing: 12"
- Growth Habit: Bush
- Soil Preference: Composted soil above six ph, temperature 60 to 65 degrees
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Cabbage worms and aphids.
- Flavor: Sharper taste than broccoli.
Broccoli Raab, known more commonly in Europe as Rapini, can be sown outdoors by digging a furrow and placing the seeds six inches apart. The seeds can also be started indoors, transplanting outside when the seedlings reach three inches in height. When sowing in a furrow, the Broccoli Raab can find it beneficial if the soil is lined with a layer of compost. The soil should be at a PH level above six, and at a temperature between sixty and sixty five degrees. While growing, the crop will need moderate, but even watering. After forty days, some of the heads will be a foot high, and ready to be harvested. By cutting off the main head at eight weeks, side shoots will grow, which you will also be able to harvest.
Check out this University of California Master Gardener Program of Sonama County articleabout growing this rare plant.