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Broccoli Purple Sprouting Early Seeds, average packet contents :  250 seeds

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Broccoli Purple Sprouting Early is a popular amateur variety, for harvesting in February and March.

Broccoli Purple Sprouting Early Sowing Guidelines
Average Packet Contents: :  250 seeds
When to Sow Seeds: May - July
Germination Temperature: 10C +
Cover Seed: Lightly
Time to Germinate: 4 - 6 Days
Frost Hardy: Yes
Spacing Between Plants: 60cm
Row Spacing 60cm

How To Successfully Grow Purple Sprouting Broccoli from Seeds.

Seed Sowing

Seeds can be sown between March and July but if sowing outdoors, it’s advisable not to sow until April. Purple sprouting broccoli is a summer cropping vegetable, which can be started early in a greenhouse during March or sown directly into seed beds during favourable weather conditions.

Sowing in a greenhouse

Seeds can be sown in small pots or modular trays during March. Place 2 seeds into a pot or module of seed compost at 1.5cm deep and lightly cover with sifted compost. Firm the surface and water lightly using a watering can with a rose attachment. After germination, reduce to one seed per unit. Keep the seedlings watered. After 2-3 weeks move the plants to a cold frame to harden off then plant out into prepared beds 7-10 days later.

Sowing Outdoors

If sowing directly into seed beds outdoors, use the edge of a hoe to create a shallow furrow about 2cm deep. Sow 2-3 seeds every 60cm and lightly cover with soil. Gently firm down the surface, using the back of a rake then water with a watering can with a rose attachment. When seedlings appear, reduce to one plant per 60cm. If growing several plants in rows then allow 60cm between rows.

Soil Preparation

All brassicas appreciate a sunny position and well-drained soil. Prepare the soil in late autumn or early winter by incorporating plenty of organic matter. Heavy clay type soils would benefit from the addition of lime and sharp sand to aid drainage. Before sowing seeds, rake the surface soil to a fine, level tilth and then firm with the back of a rake. Sprinkle a granular fertiliser at the rate of 150gm per square metre over the surface and then lightly rake in.

Planting Out

Plants that have been started off under glass and then hardened off can be planted out into their final beds or plots during April. Water the pots or trays about an hour before planting out. Plant out into their permanent positions, 60cm apart and 60cm between rows, using a hand trowel. Ensure the soil is firmed, especially around the base of the plants and then water in. 

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An abundance of delicious spears
Monday, 4 May 2015  |  Alison

These seeds germinated well growing into sturdy plants which survived the wet, windy and freezing winter conditions of upland Northumberland.
It was possible to pick the spears for over six weeks from the end of March to the beginning of May.They were prolific, tender and totally delicious. I shall be planting these again this year

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