Brassica oleracea italica group 'Early Purple Sprouting'

Sprouting broccoli

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Juicy purple or white sprouting broccoli is one of the first young crops of the season, always appreciated when other fresh vegetables are in short supply. Cutting can start as early as January, and often continues until May, effectively bridging the gap before other crops are ready. It is a good idea to sow two or more varieties to extend the harvest, and sometimes mixtures of all the different kinds are available. Cut the tender young shoots frequently, because leaving them to flower will decrease the yield.

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Brassica

Species: oleracea italica group

Cultivar: Early Purple Sprouting

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May

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