Broccoli seeds

Broccoli

Growing suggestions 

Seedbed method: Sow broccoli seeds in drills 15cm apart, and thin 7cm between plants as they grow. Transplant the seedlings in June when they are 15-20cm tall. Modules: sow in modules and plant out to final position after 4-6 weeks. Plant up to the first leaves and firm-in well. Plants may need staking as they can grow up to 1m tall.

Growing calendars

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Seed-saving

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Crop facts

Broccoli is a member of the Brassica oleracaea¬†family, which includes many other crops including cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, and kale. Broccoli (plural of broccolo in Italian) means “flowering crest of a cabbage”, which is a very accurate description of what it is! There are two distinct types of broccoli, heading broccoli (also known known as calabrese) and sprouting broccoli. It has been cultivated for over 2000 years. It was bred in the northern Mediterranean region and was highly valued in the Roman Empire. It did not reach England until the mid-eighteenth century.

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  • Broccoli - Early Purple

    Broccoli – Early purple (Organic)

    £1.90

    Broccoli – Early purple (Organic)

    A very popular and traditional variety of sprouting broccoli, producing an abundance of tasty spears from late March . We love Early Purple broccoli, it comes at a time of year when we are in serious need of some green vegetables that are not kale, chard or leeks! We can quite happily eat it with every meal during its harvest window. It is very versatile, being great seamed, stir fried, roasted, added to soups and stews, put in omelettes… the list could go on.

    It is slow growing and takes around one year from sowing to harvest but it is well worth the wait, and each plant produces a lot of food. Plants can grow up to 1m in height.
    (Approximate seed count – 250)

    £1.90
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