Save room in your garden, and this generous variety will reward you with fresh “purples” during the hunger gap of late winter and early spring, a time so often lacking in fresh vegetables. Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli grows over the winter months to produce good yields of tasty purple heads. Extremely nutritious and easy to grow, we highly recommend them.
- Pack size: 150 seeds
- Time to germination: 5 - 10 days
- When to sow: April - May
- Spacing: 30cm
- Soil preference: Firm, rich, well-drained
- Light preference: Full sun
- When to harvest: March - April
How to grow Early Sprouting Purple Broccoli from seed
Sow seeds between 1 and 1.5cm deep in biodegradable pots made from thin-wall coco fibre between March and June, and plant out five weeks later when they have 5 or 6 leaves and are sturdy enough to fend for themselves. Purple Sprouting Broccoli benefits from a sheltered position in full sun.
What to feed your broccoli plants
Early Sprouting Purple Broccoli has a long growing season and should be planted in firm fertile soil. Amend the area before transplanting with a good mix of rotten farmyard manure, fish, blood and bone meal with some volcanic rock dust and kelp powder to give them a rich, balanced and diverse diet that will be released over the season for strong organic growth.
Stronger, healthier plants are also less attractive to attacking insects.
Keeping pests away
Broccoli can be affected by clubroot, aphids, downy mildew, and cabbage root fly. By practising good hygiene and airflow around the plant, leaving a low layer of weeds to grow around the stem to deter root fly, and interplanting with flowers or other species, these vectors are minimised, and you should have no problems growing this wonderful veg.
When ordering Early Sprouting Purple Broccoli seeds from Grow Sow Greener, you will receive free marigold seeds lose in your pack. A beautiful plant in its own right, plant marigolds close by to deter nematodes and attract beneficial insects that prey on pests while boosting pollination for your other fruit and veg.