Castle Dome Hybrid Broccoli Seeds

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item #52507-PK-P1
$5.95
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Description

Replaces (and improves) the classic Packman

Days to Maturity: 50 from setting out transplants

For years Packman has been the go-to broccoli for generous, dependable yields of big domes and lots of side shoots. It was heat-tolerant and easy to grow in a wide range of climates. Now we are introducing its replacement, which improves on Packman's strengths and adds a few more of its own.

Castle Dome hybrid is a compact variety, less than 2 feet tall, and it finishes very quickly (a week sooner than Packman, on average). It is also even more heat-tolerant, lasting well into the warm weather without becoming rangy or going to flower. You can use it both for extra-early crops and for extra-late . . . as well as the whole season in between!

This domed variety offers uniform, mid-green, heavy, deep heads with small, tight beads. It holds well in the field if your harvest is delayed. Tolerant of both unseasonable heat and cold, it is a season extender you will love! And because it's tolerant of both hollow stem and brown bead, your harvests will be bigger and healthier than ever before.

You can use Castle Dome for florets, crown cuts, and bunching. It sets numerous side-shoots after the main head is harvested, and thrives even in challenging environmental conditions. This fine new variety is poised to become the new gold standard in broccoli.

Sow seeds directly or transplant into the garden when they have 4 true leaves (about 8 weeks from germinating). Before planting, prepare the soil well, adding nitrogen if necessary and neutralizing heavily alkaline or acid soils. If planting in spring, plan to harvest before the temperature reaches 80 degrees; the heads will bolt in high heat. If planting in fall, start 10 to 12 weeks before first frost date.

Space seeds or transplants 18 inches apart in rows 2 feet apart. Harvest the central head first, which will stimulate the production of numerous side-shoots and extend your harvest another few weeks.

Pkt of 100 seeds

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Genus Brassica
Species oleracea
Variety Castle Dome Hybrid
Item Form (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Days to Maturity 50
Fruit Color Green
Habit Compact
Seeds Per Pack 100
Plant Height 22 in
Additional Characteristics Edible, Cool Season, Cut-and-Come-Again, Season Extenders
Foliage Color Medium Green
Harvest Season Early Fall, Early Summer, Mid Fall, Late Fall, Late Spring, Mid Spring, Early Winter, Early Spring
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Heat Tolerant, Disease Resistant, Cold Hardy
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Cuisine, Outdoor

Product Review Summary

Based on 3 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

January 05, 2019

Very good Broccoli

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

Pros: germinated well, early summer tasty broccoli, survived summer for 2nd fall crop after I cut it back Cons: slug magnet - go out at night and remove slugs, consider starting with an glass jar upside down over the top to protect tiny plants as slugs eat them as quickly as they grow

Jean - enthusiastic, inconsistent gardener :-) from WA
December 28, 2018

Enormous heads

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Trivial to sprout and grow. Most vigorous, and best tasting, broccoli we've ever grown. Huge 8 inch heads of the very highest quality from every plant. We'll plant this every fall and spring as long as its available.

La Grange from TX
August 04, 2017

Wonderful product!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This is a little more hardy than the Packman Broccoli which is fine. It has really tight full heads & a great flavor. Love the fact that when you cut the main head (ours have been between 12" to 14" in diameter) florets will grow & some of those get to the size of the "heads" sold in store.

Julia from FL

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