Broccoli Purple Sprouting
A hardy, bushy plant with a profusion of purple sprouts. Grows well in marine climates. Colorful and nutritious raw, it loses most of its color when cooked. Approximately 120 days to maturity, much longer when over wintering.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Start seed indoors from early spring in pots, or sow directly into the garden after danger of serious frost has passed, and again in late summer. Cover seeds with 1/8 inch of fine soil.
SPACING: Space plants 18 to 24 inches apart in rows spaced 2 to 3 feet apart depending upon available room.
THINNING & TRANSPLANTING: Thin or transplant seedlings when 2 inches tall. Transplant indoor started seedlings after hardening off and danger of serious frost has passed.
GERMINATION: 7 to 10 days. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Broccoli grows best in a mostly sunny location during the cooler parts of the growing season. Prefers fairly rich soil kept somewhat moist Cut the main head when buds are still fight Continue to harvest side shoots for small heads ideal for salads or stir fry Purple Sprouting Broccoli can be sown in late summer in mild winter areas for an earlier spring harvest.