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Title: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: jamesld8 on January 03, 2016, 09:05:43 am
For first time in 20 years at least I`ve planted out some PSP, 15 plants maybe. Their size varies enormously from 2 ft down to about 8", probably some got crowded out due to small area available (just 3 x  6ft rows on a small plot)

A couple of the mid sized plants have now got central shoots with florets and these shoots have grown quite a lot in last week, 6" growth spurt BUT there are very few sideshoots so if I was to cut central set florets it`s hardly a meal. The remaining plants show little signs of any sideshoots / florets

I`m concerned though that with these really mild and wet weeks of Dec that the plants might be bolting, IIRC the plants should be producing florets Feb / March after hard frosts !

What does YACF gardening panel suggest ?

ta  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: ElyDave on February 01, 2016, 09:25:57 am
I'd probably cut as they're ready, to stop bolting as you say.  Once they flower both the flavour and texture seem to change.

Just had to do the same with my cima-di-rapa, another member of the family. The last crop had gone a very strong flavour, not very palatable.
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: T42 on February 01, 2016, 09:29:27 am
14th July is the traditional date in France.
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: ElyDave on February 09, 2016, 11:04:56 pm
14th July is the traditional date in France.

There are both winter and summer varieties
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: pcolbeck on February 10, 2016, 06:50:34 am
When it's sprouted and turned purple obviously.

IGMC
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: jamesld8 on February 10, 2016, 08:30:44 am
When it's sprouted and turned purple obviously.

IGMC

yes indeed, but several already have small purple sproutings I don`t want cut too early as yield would be small but how much bigger can sproutings get, at moment heads are just 2-3 " so not much of a meal
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: T42 on February 10, 2016, 08:32:06 am
Next time Cameron turns slightly mauve, chop away.
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: jamesld8 on February 10, 2016, 08:51:22 am
here`s issue, heads are small but main head showing signs opening out:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1596/24933222605_7052e38a65_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DZghqn)IMG_1028 (https://flic.kr/p/DZghqn) by jamesld8 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55935603@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: MikeFromLFE on February 10, 2016, 09:33:40 am
Personally I'd cut them now.
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: ElyDave on February 10, 2016, 10:04:49 am
crop it now, you may get a second flush
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: jamesld8 on February 10, 2016, 02:30:48 pm
thanks, out with knife and here`s hoping for crop # 2  ;D
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: jamesld8 on February 25, 2016, 07:43:55 pm
crop it now, you may get a second flush

indeed this seems to be happening despite winter now arriving
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: ElyDave on March 05, 2016, 10:50:23 pm
good stuff

reminds me I need to plant PSB sometime.
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: jamesld8 on March 09, 2016, 12:53:06 pm
PSB is starting to look good and I reckon by end March will be able to take a few cuts of lovely home grown delicious PSB which puts shop stuff to shame
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: ElyDave on March 09, 2016, 01:21:27 pm
I think the seeds I sowed won't need watering in, but they might need sou' westers
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: Bledlow on April 06, 2016, 12:23:54 am
Planted some last year. Suffered from leaves being stripped by pigeons recently. Now netted, but I'm not sure if it'll recover enough for a crop.
Title: Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
Post by: jamesld8 on April 07, 2016, 07:29:25 pm
PSB sprouting well and have had 2 x dinner for two servings from it--and boy oh boy is it so much better than veg shop bough stuff  :thumbsup: Need to plant twice as much this year  ;D