Broccoli, Umpqua (Organic)
Brassica oleracea. 50-70 days.
With its sublime excellent blue-green color, Umpqua looks delicious even from a distance. The robust plants produce 6-8” heads, and have good side shoot production. Early to size up from spring planting yet resists premature bolting. Beautiful and stress tolerant, especially for an open pollinated variety. This spring and fall broccoli was bred by Tim Peters of Peters Seed and Research in Oregon.
Seed produced by Uprising Organics in Lynden, Washington.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil February through July. Transplant into the garden about 3-4 weeks after sprouting, spaced 12-18″ on center. May also be direct sown. A good choice for autumn gardens in our area.
Collect seed from 50 or more early spring-sown plants when pods are dry. Dance on seed stalks on a tarp to thresh. Collect seeds and winnow to clean. Isolate when flowering from other flowering Brassicas of the same species, B. oleracea, by ½ mile.