Brokali, Apollo Hybrid
Unique new cross between broccoli and kale.
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How to Sow
Brokali may be direct sown or started indoors early for fall and spring crops, or purchased as transplants for a fall crop.
Sowing Seed Indoors:
- Start seeds indoors about 8 weeks before outdoor planting.
- Sow seeds ¼ inches deep in seed-starting formula
- Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
- Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days
- As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
- Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
- If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots.
- Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.
Sowing Directly in the Garden:
- Sow in average soil in a sunny location in early spring or in midsummer for a fall crop.
- In rows 2 feet apart, sow seeds thinly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
- Keep evenly moist. Water gently.
- Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days.
- Thin to stand about 16 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.
Planting from Transplants in Fall:
- Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil.
- Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
- Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. Space plants 1-2 feet apart in rows 2 feet apart.
- Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
- Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
- Use the plant tag as a location marker.
- Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
How to Grow
- Thin to stand about 16 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.
- Move plants to a sheltered location outdoors for one week before transplanting into the garden to “harden off.”
- After the last heavy frost, transplant hardened-off seedlings outdoors to an area with rich, well-drained soil, in full sun. Set them 1-2 feet apart in rows 2 feet apart.
- While small, floating row covers will help to keep pests at bay.
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
- Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- Plants produce an abundance of leaves, tender stems and many side shoots no larger than a quarter.
- Remove the main head first and allow the side shoots to grow for a continuous harvest.
- Harvest whole plants when sprouts are 1-2 inches across just as they begin to flower.
- Since it is also a kale, leaves can be harvested and used as kale.
- Florets may be frozen for later use. Broccoli may be frozen for future use. Cut florets and blanch them. To do this, drop into boiling water for 2 minutes, then plunge into cold water to stop the cooking, drain and store in freezer bags or vacuum bags.
Days To Maturity50-60 daysSunFull SunSpread24-28 inchesHeight24-28 inchesSow MethodIndoor SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerLife CycleAnnual
Brokali, Apollo Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 6.Rated 5 out of 5 by HawaiiVeggies from Brokali Brokali was the first leafy green I tried to grow! And although it never "headed" -- too warm here in the islands, perhaps? -- it developed A LOT of delicious, tender, leafy green stuff that was better than both broccoli and kale in their individual states. I grew 6 plants in one GrowBox container on my lanai (porch) eight stories up. A couple of advantages to growing it here at the condo: few bugs and no snails/slugs. I am planning to grow this one again!Date published: 2016-01-10Rated 4 out of 5 by JSFarms from Slow to develop, but worth the wait. These seeds sprouted almost immediately, and grew quickly when we started them inside in early August. After transferring them to 4-inch containers and letting them grow some more, we brought them outside the first week in September and transferred them into large pots. They continued to grow, and the leaves grew to be enormous, but there were no heads! I went Google crazy and tried everything I read, but to no avail. However, thanks to some freakily warm weather here in the Northeast, the plants kept trucking along, though, and in late November, we finally saw some button-sized heads. By mid-December, those heads had grown to a size worth cutting and eating, and the taste of both the heads and the leaves was delicious. However, I wonder if we would've ever seen those heads if we hadn't had such a warm autumn. It took about 100 days for the plants to mature -- not the 50-60 days listed here. I still can't figure out what happened, but I'm going to try again in the spring.Date published: 2015-12-27Rated 5 out of 5 by GardenHackPete from Wonderful My wife and I loved eating this as a side fresh out of the garden, leaves, stem, and all. Easy to grow. Robust. I like the taste better than brocolli.Date published: 2012-04-05Rated 5 out of 5 by IslandGardener from Brokali I'm a novice gardener and had great results. Love the tender stems that are just as delicious as the florets themselves. My plants produced all season long and I'm still harvesting now in mid October. I will definitively grow these again next year. I did not have any problem with germination. I did sow them in pots and then planted them out.Date published: 2011-10-19Rated 2 out of 5 by TDGarden from Seed Starting? I can't seem to get these seeds to germinate. I've already gone through a pack of seeds using 2-3 seeds per pot and i only have 2 seedlings. Anyone have any luck? I need pointers. I've never had this problem with seeds before. I am thinking of buying another pack but these are pretty pricey, wondering if I should just give up.Date published: 2011-03-30Rated 5 out of 5 by BurpeeGardenExpert from More usable harvest than standard broccoli I really enjoyed cooking this tender-stemmed variety. In the past, I’ve only used broccoli stems for soup. With this Brokali I was able to sauté both the florets and the tender stems.Date published: 2011-02-03