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When Should I Plant Out Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Updated on June 4, 2012
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Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Purple sprouting broccoli makes its appearance in your garden in late January and early February and remains in season until April or May. It was certainly the case this year where I have enjoyed the brightly coloured delicious brassica until the end of May.

The bobbles on all types of broccoli are actually flower buds and if left the purple sprouts from this type turn into bright yellow flowers.

So when is the best time to plant out purple sprouting broccoli?May and June is the time to start plant your plants.They are really easy to grow from seed,and they can also be grown in pots and tubs.The hardy plants are easy to care for in the winter months as well.

Growing Purple Sprouting Broccoli

I start my seeds of in 5" pots using a good quality seed compost.They can be planted into their final position when they are 4" tall with 24" between rows and plants.

As I grow mine in tubs, I re-pot into larger pots as (here's a good tip),the final position I use is my potato sacks after my late crop has gone.Here the plants grow much larger giving a greater harvest.

When the seeds are sown choose a light shade in summer and provide a warm position for early crops.

The stems should be cut when they are about 6" long with a nice tight cluster of buds, also you should pick young shoots often to boost further cropping.

Sprouting broccoli is no chic new-arrival on the scene,and has been a favourite since the times of the Romans. It is rich in nutrients such as calcium and vitamin C as well as an important source of Sulforaphane, the cancer- preventing chemical.

The tender stalks are referred to by many as the poor man's asparagus , but all of the plant is edible and even the leaves can be used in stir fries.Great with meat or fish,Sprouting broccoli makes a great vegetable side dish served with hollandaise sauce.Drop the trimmed stems into boiling water and cook until you can pierce with a knife at the thickest part of the stems with just a little pressure

Make a spicy pasta dish with the fresh shoots, you can fry the broccoli with garlic and chilli in some olive oil and stir into fresh pasta.


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    • ronaldoh profile imageAUTHOR

      ronaldoh 

      6 years ago from England

      Thanks Angie, nice to see we can agree on this.

    • Angie Jardine profile image

      Angie Jardine 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Hi Ron ... I just lurve purple-sprouting broccoli and planted out my plants in May.

      As I read somewhere they should be planted out in autumn (!) I was mighty relieved to read your hub.

      Many thanks for the info.

    • ronaldoh profile imageAUTHOR

      ronaldoh 

      6 years ago from England

      I have to agree with you rex,I have given up growing brussel sprouts.

    • rex michaels profile image

      rex michaels 

      6 years ago

      Beetles here do alot of leaf damage. It is a full time job keeping them off the plants. Thanks!

    • ronaldoh profile imageAUTHOR

      ronaldoh 

      6 years ago from England

      Well rex,I have to say the biggest problem I have is in the summer where they tend to get eaten by bugs, once I have kept them away, they look after themselves in winter.

    • rex michaels profile image

      rex michaels 

      6 years ago

      I enjoy growing all kinds of vegtables, and fruits. For some reason where I live broccoli does not seem to do well, which is more of a reflection on my garden skills! It is certaintly not the fault of the broccoli, unless you can convince me otherwise! Thanks for the article

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