Di Firenze is a traditional Italian variety best sown in June and July when our weather has warmed up a bit! It quickly grows mild crisp white ‘bulbs’ that can be harvested from August to October. Price for 25 seeds.
SOW: wait until June or July. You can use modules to it easier to plant out without disturbing roots then there is no need to this or sow in a damp drill where they are to grow. Seeds need to be 10-15mm deep.
GROW: transplant at 4/5 leaf stage. Plants need to be 20cm apart. Keep the plants growing smoothly by watering & feeding well & mulch if possible. It is traditional (not essential) to earth up when the bulb starts to swell. Cut at least 2.5cm above ground and leave roots to resprout – these small tasty shoots are delicious in salads but will need cloches as the weather cools.
EAT: from late August to October. Remove the outer leaves then steam, grill or boil. Use as a mini vegetable if harvested early; the leaves are delicious in salads.