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65 days. Fiesta will definitely give you reason to celebrate. This hybrid shone in our trials with its unmatched uniformity and high yields of deliciously sweet, 6–7 inch, bright green, tightly domed heads on compact plants. This impressive variety tolerates both hot and cold temperatures equally well, making it adaptable and dependable for spring and fall production. Good disease resistance.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Mike J.
Hardy plants and great flavor

We grew these in fall (zone 6A) for late season harvest. The plants did quite well, then we were hit with a couple weeks of 38F days and 28F nights. The plants survived and the heads did not suffer.
They stayed on the plants and looked so good, they were sellable at market. Side shoot production was excellent. Another hard to find variety but we will stock up on it when it becomes available.

Pat Q.

After happily growing Blue Wind for several years, I experienced poor results from the early high heat of the last couple of May/Junes. Side shoots did OK, but the main heads branched badly. (My Coast Range garden is at about 1,200' elevation.)

This season, I planted the Fiesta F1 and am very pleased with it. Despite temperatures of over 110* in my garden, the heads did not branch out. Now, nearing the end of October, we continue to enjoy a weekly bounty of excellent side shoots. A reall "climate change winner!"

Great in the greenhouse!

I seeded some in both November and again in February. The November grow was fast and did well with a small to medium head. The February grow was excellent, taking longer but making large, dense, small beaded heads. I'm going to see how the heat tolerance is by seeding some outside this week. A great variety for a heated greenhouse in our Reno, NV climate.

Nice, Uniform Broccoli

This broccoli grows nicely without branching out. As noted, these are nice to pick at 6-7" and are a tender, sweet broccoli. One of my plants went on to produce two additional full heads! I grow these both outdoors in my cool summer garden, and in the greenhouse throughout the winter.

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.

• 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

• 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.

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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