Green Magic Broccoli is a hybrid variety that is especially heat-tolerant. It performs well in early spring through late spring, and can be planted earlier in fall than traditional varieties. The exceptional heat-tolerance ensures the broccoli heads are slow to bolt and go to seed, ensuring great texture and flavor on harvested crowns. Seeds are fast to germinate and compact plants mature at about 2′ tall. In addition to the heat tolerance, Green Magic Broccoli is known for its smooth and uniform heads. Plants produce consistently-sized heads for the first harvest, and will continue to produce side shoots for a second and third harvest. Green Magic heads have a buttery texture and great flavor.
Broccoli may be direct-seeded, but it performs best when transplanted. Transplanting allows for more consistent plant spacing, and prevents broccoli seedlings from competing with weeds in the early stages of the plant. We recommend starting transplants 3-4 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Broccoli transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray.
Broccoli crowns should be harvested when they are dark green, before any flowers or seeds develop on the crowns. As temperatures warm in the spring, broccoli crowns will mature faster and should be monitored. Although broccoli leaves are frost-tolerant, broccoli heads are not. If frost is imminent while crowns are developing, be sure to use some form of row cover to protect the crowns from frost.
Green Magic Broccoli Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 12″
Row Spacing: 2-3′
Days to Maturity: 55
Disease Tolerance: Downy Mildew