Broccoli Varieties for the Eastern US

Our plant breeding partners are developing broccoli hybrids capable of producing quality heads under highly variable and often stressful eastern growing conditions. Until those new cultivars appear on the market, which currently available varieties are best for eastern growers?

In the first two years of this effort, over thirty commercial broccoli hybrids were evaluated in our regional testing system. In the most stressful environments, four varieties stood out from the rest with respect to bead uniformity and dome structure: DuraPak 19, Lieutenant, DuraPak 16, and Tradition.

Even under more optimal fall or spring conditions, some commercial varieties are better choices for eastern production than others. The list below includes hybrids that, based on our experience, have done well in some eastern environments and seasons. Updates will be made as more information and varieties become available.

Within each seasonal planting list, varieties are listed in order from earliest to latest maturity.

For early spring planting, late spring/early summer harvest

Variety Best for:
Packman bunches
Castle Dome crowns
Lieutenant** crowns
BC1764** crowns
Green Magic crowns, bunches, florets, processing
Gypsy crowns, bunches
Diplomat crowns, bunches, florets
Bay Meadows crowns
Belstar* crowns
Ironman crowns

For late summer harvest (tolerates some warmth)

Variety Best for:
BC1764** crowns
Lieutenant** crowns
Green Magic crowns, bunches, florets, processing
Burney** crowns
Gypsy crowns, bunches
Emerald Pride bunches
Diplomat crowns, bunches, florets
BC1691** crowns
Bay Meadows crowns
Imperial crowns, bunches
Tradition crowns, bunches
Belstar* crowns

For fall harvest

Castle Dome crowns
Lieutenant** crowns
BC1691** crowns
BC1764** crowns
Green Magic crowns, bunches, florets, processing
Emerald Crown crowns
Bay Meadows crowns
Arcadia bunching, florets, processing
Tradition crowns, bunches
Belstar* crowns
Fiesta* crowns

*Organic seed is also available. Additional information on organic choices for eastern growers can be found in a recent report by our colleagues at NC State.

**The first releases from this project.

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