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Post  Squat_Johnson on 6/19/2012, 1:17 pm

I always try to grow a couple of new veggies. One from this year is romanesco broccoli. I had 6 plants, and I ate or froze the largest three heads. This is what they look like as a solid head.


I am letting the other three go to seed. They are quite an interesting plant. This is the same head after about 3 weeks. They have undergone quite a transformation.
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Post  llama momma on 6/19/2012, 1:22 pm

I've got Romanesco seeds I'm getting ready to prepare for fall planting. Since the head looks so different, was the taste different too?
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Post  Squat_Johnson on 6/19/2012, 1:31 pm

It tastes like broccoli, but has the texture of cauliflower. I like it.
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Post  llama momma on 6/19/2012, 1:34 pm

Can't wait to try it.
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Post  CindiLou on 6/19/2012, 1:40 pm

I am trying romanesco also this year...thought the kids might like to see there are different shapes of most plants lol. no heads on it yet.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/12/2017, 8:47 pm

OK, I planted 3 of these, 2 got eaten by varmints.  One remains.  It is HUGE!  The leaves are like gigantic...I had to move a pepper despite proper SFG spacing.  When will this thing start making a "head"?  I have never grown cauli or broc.....got a kinda late start, transplant went out first week of June.  

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Post  llama momma on 7/12/2017, 9:00 pm

Scorpio, I'm not sure what you can expect.  I think it is too late in the season to grow this successfully.  It prefers cool and cold temps.  I'm afraid the summer heat will signal the plant to bypass the tight green head you are hoping for.  I think the heat will summon the plant to bolt or flower, in order to set seeds.  Sorry.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/12/2017, 9:03 pm

@llama momma wrote:Scorpio, I'm not sure what you can expect.  I think it is too late in the season to grow this successfully.  It prefers cool and cold temps.  I'm afraid the summer heat will signal the plant to bypass the tight green head you are hoping for.  I think the heat will summon the plant to bolt or flower, in order to set seeds.  Sorry.
Yeah, LM, it just doesn't look like it is gonna do "anything" so I think it is compost.  It is super huge.  Can I plant it for fall?
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Post  llama momma on 7/12/2017, 9:13 pm

You can plant indoor broc seeds right now and set out transplants later for fall harvest. Personally, by this  time in the gardening season I'm not interested in fussing with indoor seedlings so I just buy a few transplants at the garden center when it's planting time.  Brocs love the cool temps as do I and the weather is a pleasure for gardening.
I tried spring broc and you never know when the heat is going to come and ruin it, so I did that once and now only do fall broc.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/12/2017, 9:22 pm

@llama momma wrote:You can plant indoor broc seeds right now and set out transplants later for fall harvest. Personally, by this  time in the gardening season I'm not interested in fussing with indoor seedlings so I just buy a few transplants at the garden center when it's planting time.  Brocs love the cool temps as do I and the weather is a pleasure for gardening.
I tried spring broc and you never know when the heat is going to come and ruin it, so I did that once and now only do fall broc.
I am 100% there with you o that...thanks for the advice, I really like the vegggies, but i am in the same boat with Mustard, which I also have never grown.  So I think I will give them a Fall run!
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Post  llama momma on 7/12/2017, 9:45 pm

You're welcome.  Think you will love the fall results.
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Post  Robbomb116 on 7/12/2017, 10:06 pm

If it follows the same rules as broccoli, you might be able to still eat the leaves if nothing else! Broccoli leaves are supposed to taste somewhat like kale.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/13/2017, 9:46 pm

@Robbomb116 wrote:If it follows the same rules as broccoli, you might be able to still eat the leaves if nothing else!  Broccoli leaves are supposed to taste somewhat like kale.
I heard that.  I personally hate kale.  I think I would like it cooked, but to eat it raw....um. No.  It is work.   Wink
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/13/2017, 9:48 pm

@llama momma wrote:You're welcome.  Think you will love the fall results.
August?  Transplants?
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Re: Growing Romanesco Broccoli

Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 7/14/2017, 8:27 am

My Romanesco head started getting looser instead of bigger, so I harvested it (and et it! )
Will the side shoots form into miniheads, or is this not that sort of plant?

I'm suspicious the second Romanesco isn't going to head, so I'm at 1 to 1. The broccoli I got 2 headed, 1 bolting, I guess, since it's going for the tall with secondary sprigs of leaves coming out the sides. The cabbage I'm getting 4 heads, 2 that are small and loosely headed, and another 2 that just aren't going anywhere fast so we'll say 4/8.  One small cauliflower plant has a tiny head, I need to see if I can even still find the other plant, I think it got enveloped by the chickpea plants. 

So I'm now at about 50% successful at getting these plants to head. I'm going to start some of these a little earlier next year. The failed cabbages seems caused by transplanting plants that were the same age as the successful ones, about 1-3weeks later. So transplant timing is more important than I realized when I started out.
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Post  sanderson on 7/14/2017, 12:46 pm

Broccoli leaves good substitute for cabbage leaves in cabbage rolls.

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Post  sfg4uKim on 7/25/2017, 3:54 pm

Mine just never produced. Will try again soon for my fall garden.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/25/2017, 8:19 pm

@sfg4uKim wrote:Mine just never produced. Will try again soon for my fall garden.
Me too.
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Post  plantoid on 7/26/2017, 7:20 am

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:My Romanesco head started getting looser instead of bigger, so I harvested it (and et it! )
Will the side shoots form into miniheads, or is this not that sort of plant?

I'm suspicious the second Romanesco isn't going to head, so I'm at 1 to 1. The broccoli I got 2 headed, 1 bolting, I guess, since it's going for the tall with secondary sprigs of leaves coming out the sides. The cabbage I'm getting 4 heads, 2 that are small and loosely headed, and another 2 that just aren't going anywhere fast so we'll say 4/8.  One small cauliflower plant has a tiny head, I need to see if I can even still find the other plant, I think it got enveloped by the chickpea plants. 

So I'm now at about 50% successful at getting these plants to head. I'm going to start some of these a little earlier next year. The failed cabbages seems caused by transplanting plants that were the same age as the successful ones, about 1-3weeks later. So transplant timing is more important than I realized when I started out.


I discovered that once the temperatures  & humidity get high the Romanesco opens up like a blown cauli.
  It's still edible if you use it in a chicken stock based soup & deep freeze it.  You can also use it like cauli , raw in salads or to give crunch in a soup.

 Once you have cut the big heads & left plenty of greenery behind , the plant  will indeed reproduce  several smaller less tight new heads  though again if it's too warm & moist they will blow almost as soon as they form ....juicing anyone ?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/29/2017, 10:44 am

@plantoid wrote:
@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:My Romanesco head started getting looser instead of bigger, so I harvested it (and et it! )
Will the side shoots form into miniheads, or is this not that sort of plant?

I'm suspicious the second Romanesco isn't going to head, so I'm at 1 to 1. The broccoli I got 2 headed, 1 bolting, I guess, since it's going for the tall with secondary sprigs of leaves coming out the sides. The cabbage I'm getting 4 heads, 2 that are small and loosely headed, and another 2 that just aren't going anywhere fast so we'll say 4/8.  One small cauliflower plant has a tiny head, I need to see if I can even still find the other plant, I think it got enveloped by the chickpea plants. 

So I'm now at about 50% successful at getting these plants to head. I'm going to start some of these a little earlier next year. The failed cabbages seems caused by transplanting plants that were the same age as the successful ones, about 1-3weeks later. So transplant timing is more important than I realized when I started out.


I discovered that once the temperatures  & humidity get high the Romanesco opens up like a blown cauli.
  It's still edible if you use it in a chicken stock based soup & deep freeze it.  You can also use it like cauli , raw in salads or to give crunch in a soup.

 Once you have cut the big heads & left plenty of greenery behind , the plant  will indeed reproduce  several smaller less tight new heads  though again if it's too warm & moist they will blow almost as soon as they form ....juicing anyone ?
Thanks, plantoid.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 7/29/2017, 4:49 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:
@plantoid wrote:
@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:My Romanesco head started getting looser instead of bigger, so I harvested it (and et it! )
Will the side shoots form into miniheads, or is this not that sort of plant?

I'm suspicious the second Romanesco isn't going to head, so I'm at 1 to 1. The broccoli I got 2 headed, 1 bolting, I guess, since it's going for the tall with secondary sprigs of leaves coming out the sides. The cabbage I'm getting 4 heads, 2 that are small and loosely headed, and another 2 that just aren't going anywhere fast so we'll say 4/8.  One small cauliflower plant has a tiny head, I need to see if I can even still find the other plant, I think it got enveloped by the chickpea plants. 

So I'm now at about 50% successful at getting these plants to head. I'm going to start some of these a little earlier next year. The failed cabbages seems caused by transplanting plants that were the same age as the successful ones, about 1-3weeks later. So transplant timing is more important than I realized when I started out.


I discovered that once the temperatures  & humidity get high the Romanesco opens up like a blown cauli.
  It's still edible if you use it in a chicken stock based soup & deep freeze it.  You can also use it like cauli , raw in salads or to give crunch in a soup.

 Once you have cut the big heads & left plenty of greenery behind , the plant  will indeed reproduce  several smaller less tight new heads  though again if it's too warm & moist they will blow almost as soon as they form ....juicing anyone ?
Thanks, plantoid.
Also thanks! I had the side-shoots yesterday. They were a bit bitter, but tasted fine once mixed into a curry.
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