Fioretto (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis)

Days to Maturity 70-85

Fioretto is a bright and balanced hybrid vegetable that is more delicate than standard cauliflower, with a sweeter taste when cooked. The vegetable is composed of long slender stems capped with coral-like florets. Fioretto comes in two varietals, Fioretto 70 for warmer weather and Fioretto 85 for wider variation in climate. Each varietal can be direct seeded, but transplants are recommended. 

For best results Fioretto should be planted no closer than eight inches apart, providing ample space for the leaves of the plant to grow and capture sunlight. Fioretto florets can be harvested when they reach up to eight inches in length, and ready to eat at that time.

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Growing Information

Varieties

  • Fioretto 70: long-day variety for summer growing (spring planting), 70 days to maturity.
  • Fioretto 85: best for shorter days (fall planting), 85 days to maturity.
  • Both grow similarly and can follow the guidelines below.

Germination

  • Transplanting required: Sow 1-2 seeds per cell into a 72-cell tray. Ensure cells are completely filled to avoid air pockets.
  • Sow seeds 1/4" deep and cover gently. Avoid pressing firmly as compaction can cause difficulty transplanting.
  • Thin to one plant per cell once established.
  • Over-watering can create a crust-like soil layer, preventing germination. Maintain soil moisture through germination.

Transplanting

  • Check for readiness 30-35 days after germination by gently pulling on the base of the stem to see if roots are established and the soil is held together.
  • Transplant to 8" spacing, with 18–24” between rows.

Harvest

  • Harvest when days to maturity is reached and stem is 6-8” in length.
  • Cut the base of the head and remove smaller stems from the main stalk.

Cultivation Schedule

Fioretto 70 cultivation schedule
Fioretto 85 cultivation schedule

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