Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var Italica
Common Name: Broccoli Purple Sprouting Early
Seed Count: 150
Brassica oleracea var Italica, Broccoli Purple Sprouting Early: Called the ‘cabbage flower’ by the Roman’s in England in the 1700’s ‘Italian Asparagus’. This vegetable is high in vitamin C and protein. Produces medium sized heads and continues producing side shoots after each picking. Frost hardy. Likes a rich soil and a regular watering regime . Does not do well in warmer months so best sown in late summer autumn to ensure a harvest in the cooler months. From 120 days and please note it can take 220 days.
Sow the seeds in prepared seed bed in late summer early autumn about 12mm deep, leaving 30cm between the rows. Thin the seedlings if required and plant to final position when they have 4 true leaves. Leave 45cm to 60cm between plants. Protect the plants from slugs and birds from the early stages. Water well when transplanted and during the hotter weather. This variety will grow in moist soil and does not require too much care.