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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #31
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I'm guessing that the differences in our 2 climates are why we are seeing such differences in the same varieties. For me, I've never seen Packman as good as you, even tho it does well for me. While I've never seen any mention of it, I wonder if at least some broccoli varieties are day length sensitive like onions are.

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Hazzards Seeds has Packman seeds as well, but also has Pack-Pro, which in print says ‘replaces Packman’. (?)

Along with most of the previous comments, I’ve also grown and loved Packman, Gypsy and Green Magic, but then last year I ordered Batavia F1 from Renee’s Garden and it is early and with abundant tasty sideshoots, so we are repeating Batavia.

I know seeds can last for years, but Hazzards is bulk purchase like 250 seeds or +, and while seeds can be viable for years I’m not in a position to ever use that many.

I also purchased an O-P from Sand Hill named Atlantic to gage if a non-hybrid can produce as well and hold up to the heat.
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Hazzards Seeds has Packman seeds as well, but also has Pack-Pro, which in print says ‘replaces Packman’. (?)
Sounds like Hazzards is replacing Packman in their offerings. I can't imagine renaming Packman!
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Here's the Packman that's ready now. Those are Green Goliath plants behind them.



After the avalanche of broccoli in the fall I decided to do some staged starting and planting for a staggered harvest. Four Packman were started and four more started a week later. Four Green Goliath were started a week after that and another four a week later. Same stagger for planting. I think I still need to work on that like maybe doing three plants every week or maybe ten days.

These are the side shoots that have already formed under the main heads! I've never had this many big side shoots before. Unless Green Goliath does wonders, I think I will grow Packman exclusively. No more testing.

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