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Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« 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:
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

ElyDave

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Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #1 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.
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T42

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Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2016, 09:29:27 am »
14th July is the traditional date in France.
I dare eat all that may become a man.

But hold the oysters.

ElyDave

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Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2016, 11:04:56 pm »
14th July is the traditional date in France.

There are both winter and summer varieties
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2016, 06:50:34 am »
When it's sprouted and turned purple obviously.

IGMC
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #5 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
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

T42

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Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2016, 08:32:06 am »
Next time Cameron turns slightly mauve, chop away.
I dare eat all that may become a man.

But hold the oysters.

Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2016, 08:51:22 am »
here`s issue, heads are small but main head showing signs opening out:

IMG_1028 by jamesld8, on Flickr
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

MikeFromLFE

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Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2016, 09:33:40 am »
Personally I'd cut them now.
Too many angry people - breathe & relax.

ElyDave

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Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2016, 10:04:49 am »
crop it now, you may get a second flush
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2016, 02:30:48 pm »
thanks, out with knife and here`s hoping for crop # 2  ;D
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #11 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
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

ElyDave

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Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2016, 10:50:23 pm »
good stuff

reminds me I need to plant PSB sometime.
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Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #13 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
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

ElyDave

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Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #14 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
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Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #15 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.
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Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli --when to cut heads?
« Reply #16 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
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above