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EMERALD CROWN

EMERALD CROWN

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60-70 days. This superior broccoli produces big domes of finely beaded, blue-green heads on compact plants. An adaptable variety Emerald Crown thrives in most regions of the country and is a good candidate for spring and summer planting. Its stalks are fairly short but very succulent and sweet.
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Customer Reviews

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Bonnie C.
Happy plant

Growing great

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Pamela A.B.
Poor yield

Planted the seeds directly in raised beds in early June in west-central MN. Plants grew nicely but heads didn't develop uniformly. I had approximately 16 individual plants and only four of them produced uniform heads. The others either didn't develop a head at all or the heads were very irregular and bolted prematurely. The seed packet warns that stress prior to transplanting may cause premature bolting but these were not transplants. Our weather was hot for this area - around 90 degrees - for several weeks in July with nighttime temps in the 60s. The plants were watered daily because they were in raised beds. Also, the stems were very woody, even just below the heads. I gave the review two stars because the heads I was able to harvest and eat had good flavor. Overall, I was very disappointed in these seeds and will not order this variety again.

The lack of uniformity and the premature bolting has to do with the planting time for your broccoli - it sounds like you planted too late especially for direct-sowing. Broccoli is a crop that prefers cool weather & needs to be planted early in the spring for a summer crop or (started indoors) and then transplanted in late summer for a fall crop. As always, our products are backed by our full guarantee. We want you, our customers, to be 100% satisfied with the seed, plants and supplies that you purchase from us. If anything you buy from Territorial proves to be unsatisfactory, we will either replace the item or refund the purchase price, whichever you prefer. Contact our customer service (Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM Pacific Time) at either 800-626-0866 or info@territorialseed.com

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Muriel N.
Lived Three Years!

I started several varieties of broccoli indoors in early spring and transplanted them outside in April. The Emerald Crown variety produced large heads and excellent side shoots, as advertised, and continued to produced a few bite-sized heads during the winter in spite of some below-freezing temperatures. When I started to remove the dying broccoli plants the following spring, I noticed that the Emerald Crown plants had put out a few vigorous side shoots. I removed the dying parts, and these shoots grew into great clusters, each with a 3-4-inch head. In addition, two of these plants are still alive now, their third spring!

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Lindsay l.
Fantastic

I was not too impressed with the majority of the seeds I received. BUT I will come back time and time again for this amazing broccoli variety. Produces a perfect compact head and when that's cut it sends out a few side shoots. I have to plant nearly six plants because my son sneaks in the garden and eats them up. Very tasty raw! Highly recommend this variety. I wish I could post a picture.

Soil Temp for Germ 55–75°F
Seed Depth ¼"
Seed Spacing 4–6"
Days to Emergence 5–17
Thin Plants to 12–24"
Row Spacing 18–36"
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 250–350
Seed Life 3 years

Brassica oleracea, Botrytis Group. Broccoli is a rich source of vitamins C, K, and B-complex, along with a treasure trove of minerals. Although one cup of milk has more calcium than a cup of broccoli, the human body absorbs the calcium from broccoli more effectively than from milk. From your body's perspective, broccoli is said to be richer in calcium than milk!

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplanting; add 25-35 days if direct seeding.

Culture
• Broccoli performs best in fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0
• Broccoli is a cool-season crop that does not tolerate extreme heat; rough heads or leaves in the head are usually from heat stress
• Keep beds evenly moist and/or use shade cloth to maintain quality during heat waves
• Excess nitrogen or a boron deficiency can cause hollow stem
• In colder climates covering with Reemay or Frost Blanket will protect plants from frost damage
• Sprouting broccoli is very hardy, surviving down to 10°F — before flower buds open, cut the central head at a 45° angle; side shoots will form from the axillary buds

Direct Sowing
• Direct seed April through June
• At the bottom of the furrow band 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet
• Cover with loose soil or sifted compost
• Not recommended for fall plantings

Transplanting
• Not recommended for broccoli raab
• Start broccoli indoors 4-6 weeks before your anticipated transplant date
• Side dress with 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer at transplant
• Start autumn/overwintering varieties May—July for transplanting June—August
• Start overwintering sprouting broccoli from mid-May—June, transplant out by the end of July—September

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: See Brassica Insect Information below
• Disease prevention: 5-7 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when heads are tight and dense
• Cut side-shoots regularly to encourage production
• Store at 36°F and 100% relative humidity

Brassica Insect Information
Aphids: Control aphids with ladybugs or a hard spray of water or Pyrethrin. Also, select varieties that mature later in the season when aphid populations decline.
Cabbage worms, loopers, and root maggots: The first sign of cabbage worms will be off-white butterflies fluttering near the plants. They lay their yellowish-colored eggs on the undersides of leaves, which hatch into caterpillars that can cause severe root and head damage. To control light infestations, spray plants with Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.). For heavy infestations, bait cabbage worms by mixing wheat bran into a B.t. solution. Add 1 tablespoon of molasses. Broadcast the bran mixture around the base of plants. Reapply as necessary. Using Reemay or Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Flea beetles: Flea beetles chew tiny pinholes in leaves. Early control is essential to minimize the damage. Spray infected plants with Pyrethrin. Using floating row covers such as Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Symphylans: In some areas of the US, symphylans (also known as garden centipede) can severely impede the plant growth of many crops. Only 1/4 inch long, white, and very active, they eat the root hairs of developing plants. Using larger transplants helps reduce damage. Contact your local county extension agent if you suspect you have a problem.

KEY TO BROCCOLI DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
BLS | Bacterial Leaf Spot
BR | Black Rot
DM | Downy Mildew
F | Fusarium Wilt

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