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20/04/2013 at 13:28

Hi there,


Planted purple sprouting broccili last year (I'm a novice). Attached picture shows it now. Presumably its about to flower. It never went purple. So two questions. Presumably I can dig it all out and pop on the compost heap. Any suggestions how to avoid this next year?


Many thanks,





20/04/2013 at 14:10

Did you not notice it looking like this a while back? 

or like this 


If it's flowering now you're too late - the sprouts you pick and eat are the immature flowering shoots.

20/04/2013 at 15:11

Nope - nothing like that. I know the pigeons had a go and I had to net it - so maybe that was the problem

20/04/2013 at 15:39


Hold on a minute !!!  I've just had a closer look at your picture - it looks more like Curly Kale to me 

Did you plant any Curly Kale?

20/04/2013 at 16:28
Yeah, I agree - it does look like kale! Does Broccoli get that big?
21/04/2013 at 14:19

Hmm. do have to agree re kale, did you buy it as plants or grow it from seed I wonder?  Either way, if it is flowering it is done for food for us, but rabbits (pet ones) and other such like pets like it as food if you have any friends who keep them - guinea pigs are very fond of it. 

21/04/2013 at 14:52

On a positive note - you've certainly grown it very well - which bodes well for next year - and you'll know what you're doing the second time around 

22/04/2013 at 13:04

I grew them from plugs from the garden centre. Not impossible though that I mixed something up. Here is a better res picture to see if this helps with identification.

I've dug them all out now and added to the compost



Thanks for you help and comments


22/04/2013 at 13:04

Wait - that is the exact same res - argh

22/04/2013 at 13:07
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