Delicious English heirloom, very frost hardy
An English heirloom variety, bred for overwintering. Produces lots of purple broccoli sprouts in the spring. Grows slowly through the winter; very frost hardy. A great variety that is very hard to find in this country; delicious!Brassicaceae Brassica oleracea
Early Purple Sprouting
Purple Cauliflower is a type of broccoli sold in southern Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. It has a head shaped like cauliflower, but consists of tiny flower buds. It sometimes has a purple cast to the tips of the flower buds.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 100-125 (Spring/Summer), 210-230 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Broccoli isn't as hardy as cabbage, though it can be frost tolerant in temperatures as low as 20˚ F. This particular variety is very frost hardy.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall Transplant, Fall
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Broccoli likes full sun, especially when growing in cool weather. It will tolerate some shade, but this slows maturation.
The large plants take up quite a bit of space, but this usually isn't an issue in cooler weather, as the garden is often half empty anyway.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 40°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Broccoli isn't as hardy as most other Brassicas and seedlings shouldn't go outside until the soil is at least 60°F.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool)
Broccoli prefers full sun when growing in cool weather.
Broccoli transpires quite a lot of water and for optimal growth the soil should be moist at all times. This isn't usually a problem because it grows in fairly cool weather.
Like most members of the cabbage family, Broccoli is a hungry plant and needs plenty of nutrients for good growth. It doesn't like acid soil.
- Tolerates light frost, Needs lots of space
- Small Gardens?
For one broccoli plant, you'll need a pot that is at least 10" deep and 12" wide, but the deeper the better. Fill with a mixture of potting soil and compost and keep the soil moist but not overly wet. If you are using a larger container, be sure to space your broccoli plants at least 18 to 24" apart. Although broccoli is a cool weather plant, it loves sunshine so be sure to place the container in an area with access to at least 3 hours of full sun a day.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Delicious year-round broccoli.