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Broccoli Raab, Spring

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Best when grown in cool weather.

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Matures very quickly from seed. Green shoots have a captivating flavor. Cut 6" pieces when they are the size of a quarter. You'll love it lightly sauteed with garlic and olive oil, fresh in salads and boiled soups.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

50-60 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-36 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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Meet the Brassica family- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale
Meet the Brassica family- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale
Planted in Spring or for Fall these fun favorites are packed with nutrition and are very easy to grow.
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The flavor of garden-fresh broccoli is beyond compare to anything you find in the supermarket. This cool-season favorite is best grown in spring and fall.
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  • Broccoli Raab

    Broccoli Raab
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Apr-18 - Last Date: May-16

How to Sow

  • Broccoli Raab is a cool season crop sown in average soil in early spring as soon as the soil is workable.
  • Sow in rows 8-12 inches apart, cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days.
  • Thin to stand about 4-6 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • 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 small leaves and many side-shoots no larger than a quarter.

    Pick shoots and leaves in about 35 days.

    Harvest whole plants when sprouts are 1-2 inches across just as they begin to flower.

    Keep picking to extend harvest.

Days To Maturity
50-60 days
Full Sun
12 inches
24-36 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
12 inches
Life Cycle
Broccoli Raab, Spring is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I started the seeds in pots & then transplanted them into my garden & despite watering & fertilizing, there has been no significant growth that I can see.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fan First time planing this. The plant itself grew great...but, these flowered before the fruit of the plant had much of a chance to be worth the work.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Growth and Tasty! This germinated and sprouted with out any issues with pests or deformity. I sewed the seeds in April and I was able to harvest my first pieces in late July. This has more flavor than broccoli, a little sweeter than broccoli. We eat it steamed or raw and it's a delight! After picking from the top, the side shoots produces abundantly.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EZ Grower I had 90% Germination (@80F). Plants grew great! Several (25%) starters died young, but I will never again grow mustard greens or kale when I can have this winner.
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lttle tricky to star, but well worth the trouble I had a little trouble getting these seeds to start, but got them going eventually. I started in Jiffy Peat Pods in a Tupperware container and couldn't get seeds to germinate. I tried for 5 weeks, and still nothing. Finally I got an idea and put the container in the Fridge for 1 week, took it out and put back outside, one week later, BAM, I had sprouts! You just need to recreate spending a winter in the ground. After I put them in the garden, they caught up with all my other plants very quickly. This is my Husbands new favorite vegi! I will have to plant more then the 5 plants next year!!
Date published: 2010-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grow it vertically! When these seedlings started to get long and leggy I tucked them into those round tomato cages they sell everywhere. They only take up 1 square foot in my raised beds and are about 3 feet high. I'll begin to harvest tomorrow. See attached photo. I love these plants!
Date published: 2008-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but takes up a lot of space These plants were easy to grow from seed. They produced a tasty harvest. However, the plants take up a lot of garden space for a relatively low yield.
Date published: 2008-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but, tough to plant Last year I had a very hard time planting the tiny seeds. Germination was terrible. This year I will try to make my own seed tape with newspaper and corn starch. The soil has to be very fine for these small seeds. I wish Burpee would do a seed tape or pelletize these and other tiny seeds.
Date published: 2007-02-18
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