Broccoli Purple Early Sprouting Seeds
Info: Purple Early Sprouting Broccoli is an English heirloom, bred for overwintering. Instead of one big head, it produces lots of small purple broccoli sprouts with a delicate flavour. Sown in May to July, the plants overwinter without developing shoots. Harvesting starts depending on the temperature in March. It should be protected from strong frost.
Since Purple Early Sprouting is very delicate, the whole shoots should be steamed. Try it warm with vinaigrette - a real culinary delight.
Sowing & Cultivation: Broccoli is easy to grow; for early production, sow in March (1/2 inch deep) for planting April to harvest in November. For sowing outdoors, sow April to mid June for harvesting January to May. Broccoli is more cold-resistant than cauliflower. Broccoli grows best in partial-shade, in firm, fertile, free-draining but water-retentive soil. Avoid shallow, sandy soils, and exposed sites. Place the young plants at a minimum distance of 60 cm. Sprouting broccoli can be harvested when the flower shoots are well developed but before the flowers have actually opened. Cut the central spear with a sharp knife first as this encourages the side shoots to develop quickly. Regular picking extends cropping time.
|Botanical name||Brassica olearacea|
|Sowing||Feb/Mar indoors, April to may outdoors|
|Location||half-shady position, nutrient rich soil|
|Harvesting||before flowering (late autumn to early spring)|