Di Ciccio Broccoli
Di Cicco broccoli - Photo submitted by Chris Whitty of Ireland

Di Ciccio Broccoli

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An old Italian heirloom broccoli. Compact plants.
Di Ciccio

75 to 90 days — 'Di Ciccio' broccoli plants are compact, reaching two to three feet in height, and produce a central three to four inch head with numerous side shoots. It can be more productive than many hybrids and its non-uniformity in maturity makes it an excellent home garden variety. Freezes well.

Introduced in 1890, 'Di Ciccio' is an old, reliable Italian heirloom broccoli variety. We have also seen it spelled and referred to as "de Cicco," "di Ciccio," and even "Decicco." Each packet contains 0.5 gram, which is approximately 125 to 175 seeds.
Good, but not very productive for me
I planted seeds in August and didn't get heads until January. It produced one medium head and one slightly smaller, but since then I've had 6 or 7 very small side shoots (the size of a single floret). When I left a couple on the plant expecting them to get larger, the flowers opened.

VSC NOTES: As I mentioned in a previous post, the timing of the planting is certainly an issue. Sown in the early Spring or even started indoors prior to that, they generally produce in about 100 days. Even in California, the day-length and intensity of sunlight in the late Fall to Winter months will keep plants from growing to their potential as well as extend the time it takes them to reach maturity. If you have leftover seeds, you might try experimenting by sowing seeds at different times, staggered by a few weeks, to see what is optimal for your location. Thank you for sharing. ~Mike
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Pomona, CA. on 3/3/2015
I planted this as a spring crop in April. Grew very well up into November.
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Reviewed by:  from Buffalo, NY. on 11/28/2011
Did not care for it, headed very late, few side sprouts
I planted this and another variety. Despite the starts being the same size when I planted them out, the Di Ciccio took forever to head (planted out in March, didn't head until July). The plants themselves looked very healthy. When it finally did head, it was very small and we found the taste to be overly peppery. Maybe because it was already so late in the season when we took the first head, but it hasn't produced nearly the amount of side shoots as the other kind I planted.

VSC NOTES: Thank you for your review. All experiences are valuable learning opportunities. I am not sure which other variety you compared this to but from the information that you provided, the 'Di Ciccio' sounds like it performed correctly. By its nature, it is quite variable in its maturity. This is seen as a desireable trait for home garden applications. I am not sure about the "peppery" flavor that you tasted. Perhaps timing was the issue. Perhaps more water would help. To improve the size of the central flower heads, sidedressing with a good, organic fertilizer may help. This also tends to help the formation of subsequent side-shoots. That said, Di Ciccio is not particularly the best choice for these. If that is what you are seeking, choosing one of the "sprouting" varieties is recommended. Thank you again for sharing! ~Mike
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Reviewed by:  from Portland, Oregon. on 7/18/2012
Tight, well formed head, very mild and sweet tasting.
It sure is delicious, we eat it raw in our salads, steamed and of course blanched and froze some. Despite having a few hard freezes, the Di Ciccio plants keep on growing...

Di Ciccio has a tight, well formed head, very mild and sweet tasting.

Thanks for the great seeds, I will be ordering more for spring planting :) Jeff Mills - December 31 2012
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Reviewed by:  from Stovall, NC - 36.448199, -78.570279. on 12/31/2012
hardy and tasty
This broccoli plant did take a long time to head, about 100 days from planting to maturity. It sure is tasty, though! Haven't noticed many side shoots thus far, but maybe some will pop up later? I will definitely plant this one earlier next season. No problems with disease or pests, and did well through Florida freezes.
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Reviewed by:  from central Florida. on 3/23/2014
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