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Broccoli 'Early Purple Sprouting'

Brassica oleracea (Italica Group)

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Early Purple Sprouting is a variety of Broccoli which is a member of the Mustard family. Its botanical name is Brassica oleracea (Italica Group) 'Early Purple Sprouting'. Early Purple Sprouting is a heirloom variety.

Tall plants with thumb sized dark purple sprouts. Harvest flowering shoots and use like rapini or Chinese broccoli; turns green when cooked. If you do not allow it to set seed it will grow as a perennial.

Bred specifically for overwintering. English heirloom.

This variety is a Vegetable that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Early Purple Sprouting is known for its Erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 75.0 cm (2.44 feet).

United Kingdom is believed to be where Early Purple Sprouting originates from.

Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Early Purple Sprouting have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Early Purple Sprouting

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

full sun; well draining fertile soil. Stop fertilizing mid August. Over winter and enjoy the early spring shoots. Do not let set seed if you want to perennialize. Else you can let self sow.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water moderately. Early Purple Sprouting is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so it can be safe to leave outdoors for the majority of winter (although if in doubt, using a row cover is often a good idea). The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Early Purple Sprouting are Zone 7 and Zone 10. Early Purple Sprouting needs a loamy and sandy soil with a ph of 6.2 to 7.2 (weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil).

Growing Early Purple Sprouting from seed

Sow 6 mm deep. Keep moist. Opt. germination temp: 15-25 C. Days to germ: 7-14.

Aim to sow 0.51 inches (1.3 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 5.85 inches (15.0 cm). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 10°C / 50°F.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Early Purple Sprouting about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Early Purple Sprouting

transplant out in late spring or early summer.

Early Purple Sprouting is hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Harvesting Early Purple Sprouting

This variety tends to mature and be ready for harvest in early spring.

Latest Broccoli 'Early Purple Sprouting' Reviews

  • Delicious sprouts and leaves, the stems are too woody to eat, however. It takes a lot of plants to harvest enough ongoing sprouts for a family of 4, however.

    3 stars

    KathN about growing Broccoli "Early Purple Sprouting"

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