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Broccoli 'De cicco'       

Brassica oleracea (Italica Group)

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De cicco is part of the Mustard genus and is a Broccoli variety. Its scientific name is Brassica oleracea (Italica Group) 'De cicco'. De cicco is a heirloom (open pollinated) variety. This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Yellow and   Process yellow. The mature flowers take a Single form, with an approximate petal count of 4. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours:   Fern green and   Hunter green. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Hunter green and   Dark spring green colour.

De Cicco is a light green variety that is perfect for spring planting. Originating in 1890, De Cicco produces small heads with a high yield of side shoots. Has a long harvest period due to it’s tendency to produce non uniformly throughout the season. The young leaves can be picked and used like spring greens early in the season.


Heads average 3-4 inches.

A type of Vegetable, it mainly grows as a Perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). De cicco is known for its Erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 50.0 cm (1.62 feet). Expect blooming to occur in late spring.

Italy is believed to be where De cicco originates from.

This plant tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for De cicco Broccoli is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about De cicco have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow De cicco

  • Full Sun

  • Low

Sow seeds indoors ΒΌ" deep. Plant out just before the last frost. Broccoli prefers cool temperatures and a regular supply of water. In many regions it can be grown as both a spring and fall crop.

De cicco likes a position of full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that De cicco is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with De cicco are Zone 4 and Zone 10. De cicco requires a loamy and sandy soil with a ph of 5.7 - 6.5 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing De cicco from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.17 inches (3.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.39 inches (1.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing De cicco about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting De cicco

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as De cicco is a very hardy plant.

By our calculations, you should look at planting out De cicco about 42 days before your last frost date.

Harvesting De cicco

Harvesting the main head of De Cicco slightly early can encourage the development of side shoots and boost overall harvest. This technique only improves yield in broccoli plants which produce substantial side shoots (such as De Cicco). It can reduce overall yield if attempted with a variety bred to produce one large main head.

Expect harvests to start to occur in early summer.

Misspellings of Broccoli 'De cicco'

De cico, De ciccio, Di cico, Di ciccio

Other Names for Broccoli 'De cicco'

Di cicco