Packet Content (approx.): 40
Calabrese Parthenon F1 is a large vigorous plant that produce large, deep, dome-shaped heads on thick stems with fine with a very fine bead and having excellent taste. Followed by further crops of smaller side shoots. Stands well in the garden until required.
Sow from mid February until the end of May to harvest from July to October.
Calabrese is one of the most rewarding members of the brassica tribe you can grow. The firm green heads that are delicious lightly steamed, stir-fried or made into a rich soup with blue cheese.
Calabrese needs a rich, firm soil that isnt acidic. You will need to ensure there is minimal root disturbance, which means sowing directly where it is to grow, or starting seedlings off in modules and pots, rather than transplanting. During the growing season, plants demand careful watering and a weed-free patch. Protection against some of this tasty crops foes, notably marauding pigeons and the cabbage white butterfly, is also likely to be necessary. Dont be put off if all this sounds like too much fuss despite appearances calabrese is still a relatively easy crop to grow and given these few precautions youll be picking good, solid heads of tightly-closed flower buds throughout late summer and autumn.
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Sow indoors, FebruaryEnd May, in trays of compost, 1.5cm (½) deep. Plant out when large enough to handle and when weather conditions permit. Cloche protection against frosts is advisable. Or outdoors, March-July, sow thinly, 1.5cm (½) deep, in rows in their final growing position. Thin or transplant to allow 45cm (18) each way between plants.
Do not sow after September.
Suitable for the vegetable garden, allotments and containers.
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season. Regular feeding is recommended.