Purple Sprouting Broccoli 'Red Arrow'

Red Arrow' is a very hardy variety which crops over a long period and at one of the leanest moments in the year – late winter and early spring. More
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Purple sprouting broccoli is a must have vegetable in any productive patch.

'Red Arrow' is a very hardy variety which crops over a long period and at one of the leanest moments in the year – late winter and early spring.

Genus Brassica oleracea var. italica
Variety Red Arrow
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Soil Type Fertile
Site Full Sun
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 60cm (24in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow April-May 2 seeds 1cm (½in) deep into a pot/module of compost. Remove weaker seedling if both grow. Plant out in June-July when seedlings are 15cm (6in) high, 60cm (24in) apart. Firm the soil well around the plant base. To prevent win rock. Seeds can also be sown into prepared seed bed in late March-mid April, in rows 15cm (6in) apart and then transplanted when 15cm (6in) tall into final position 60cm (24in) apart.
Care Tips Make sure to rotate your brassicas - don't plant in ground that has previously had brassicas in during the past 4 years. Grow with catch crops underneath until plants reach maturity. Water during dry spells. Feed regularly with plenty of organic matter. Cover with netting to protect from birds. May need staking.
Storing Florets should keep in the fridge in a sealed plastic bag for about a week. This is ideal for freezing.
Harvesting Regular harvesting is essential to prevent it from going to seed, with main production from late February to early April.
Cooking Notes These are perfect steamed to maintain their flavour and minerals. You can also eat the green leaves. Try it in Sarah's delicious Lemon and anchovy dressed purple sprouting broccoli recipe, or dip the small florets into a soft-boiled egg - delicious!
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Reviewed 9th April 2015 by Ali

If this newbie can grow purple sprouting broccoli from seed then anyone can! I didn't realise it would be harvested in Spring when I sowed the seeds directly in the ground. Duh! Other than thinning out the seedlings early on, they were left to do their own thing. I keep cutting it and more grows! It's absolutely delicious raw and cooked. Definitely planting this again :-)