60-90 days. Sprouting broccoli produces shoots
(rather than one head) and is easier
to grow than common broccoli.
Unlike most other sprouting varieties,
Summer Purple does not need a
cold period to start production. It
continues to produce throughout the
heat of summer and early fall. Fresh
spears are beautiful on vegetable
trays, and can be steamed or stir-fried
for a tender, succulent, nutritious
addition to any meal. Purple florets
“magically” turn green when heated!
This packet yields 24 plants when started indoors.
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost, or as soon as soil can be worked. Also in late summer for fall harvest. Mild Climates: Sow in late fall for winter, early spring harvest.
When to start inside: 4 to 6 weeks
before average last frost.
Harvesting: Cut the top florets first when they are 1"–2" across just before the yellow flowers open. Harvest the side florets in the weeks after. Harvest just a few florets from each plant at a time so plants are not shocked, but harvest frequently to encourage continued production. Broccoli leaves and stems are also edible.
Artist: Susan Rubin