Friday, August 26, 2011
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
I first read about purple sprouting broccoli a few years ago while pursuing through several gardening blogs from Great Britain. At the time, I wondered why it wasn't grown more widely here in the US. Then I learned that the plant doesn't produce its beautiful purple florets until the following spring - obviously too long of a time and space commitment if you're a commercial farmer.
My biggest concerns now are that I started these plants too early and that they won't survive our typical New England winter. Also, it's going to be tricky trying to protect plants this size with fabric row cover and plastic in the coming months.
In any case, I decided to hedge my bets and started three more plants in late June. They are of a much more reasonable size right now and I have a feeling that they will have a better chance of overwintering.
If anyone has had success growing this variety in our Zone 6 climate, any advice would be greatly appreciated!