Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family, which includes kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, rutabaga, and turnips.... If you are trying to eat healthier, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli should be at the very top of your grocery list.
That being said I've had a somewhat chequered history growing Broccoli as it you take your eye off it for a moment and it's a dry warm summer it bolts. For that reason and the lack of space I have favoured other vegetables over the last few years so what was in my Seed Box was a little and old. The average life of Broccoli seed is 5-8 years if kept in favourable conditions, however I have discarded the old seed in favour of New Varieties released for 2021 and 2022 four from Dobies and one pack from Mr Fothergill's
Normally I grow the more traditional varieties of Broccoli and we love to have it with a Sunday or any other day roast dinner. I don't normally have problems growing broccoli, I do however sometimes have trouble catching it at the right time to harvest, especially being a carer and not being able to get down the allotment as frequently as I would like.
New for 2022 Mr Fothergills - White Sprouting Burbank F1. - 150 Seeds - £3.10
An exciting, unusual sprouting broccoli. Burbank F1 is the first British bred F1 white sprouting broccoli.
The plants are strong and vigorous, producing high yields of attractive snowy white spears.
Crops are extremely tasty and succulent throughout the spring, when other vegetable harvests are scarce
The graphic is a little misleading as the harvest is in year 2 and it should make that more clear, the web site graphic is even worse and does not include any planting out. I have sent feedback too Mr Fothergill's re this.
New for 2022 Suttons 15 21 46 - Blue Finn F1 - 20 seeds - £3.49 non members
This classic-looking variety of broccoli is compact in shape and boasts productive plants reaching around 30-45cm tall. If you grow this crop from seed, it will supply a great number of dense florets, weighing up to 500g while remaining tight and full of flavour. 'Blue Finn F1' will not be growing hollow stems but are early maturing and can be harvested from 4 months (June-Sept) from successional sowing.
This variety will create multiple small spears once the main head is harvested, hopeful for another abundance of florets to grow again. When harvested, this kind of broccoli is great for eating raw in salads, or equally, tastes fantastic when boiled or roasted.
Sow thinly direct into a finely raked seedbed at a depth of 13mm (½").
Germination 7-14 days.
Transplant when large enough to handle leaving 38cm (15") between plants both ways. Alternatively, the seed can be started in modules/trays in a cold frame or cold greenhouse and planted out after the last frosts. Protect with netting to avoid butterfly attack. After harvesting the main head, side shoots will be produced within several weeks.
If I'm going to subject the family to Purple Broccoli in 2022, I better grow some traditional classic looking Green Broccoli as well.
New for 2022 Dobies 43 26 64 - Broccoli (Sprouting) Santee F1 - 25 seeds - £2.99 non members
Santee is the summer/autumn cropping Purple Sprouting Broccoli!
Massive crops for almost 6 months, left to overwinter you'll be rewarded with more spears in spring. One of the quickest to grow and crop, with superb flavour, very productive and quick. Makes an amazing addition to a stir-fry or steamed.
Months of great flavoured, nutritious purple spears!
Purple Rain is a British bred, purple-headed stem broccoli, producing a delicious crop from the summer well into the autumn. The main head can be harvested as single broccoli or left to split and form long spears like purple sprouting broccoli. Producing compact broccoli plants compared to purple sprouting broccoli, it is, therefore, better for exposed sites. Easy to grow, it is an exceptionally rewarding brassica and the perfect addition to any home vegetable patch or allotment.
Sow March - June directly into a finely raked seedbed at a dpth of 13mm (1/2")
Germination 7 - 14 Days
Transplant when large enough to handle leaving 380mm (15") between plants both ways. Alternatively, the seeds can be started in Modules/ trays in a cold frame or cold greenhouse and planted out after the last frost.
Protect with netting to avoid butterfly attack.
Sowing to cropping: 16 - 18 weeks.
Cropping months before purple sprouting broccoli, you will harvest Purple Rain from July through to November. Giving you plenty of time to add this gorgeous vegetable to your favourite summer and autumnal recipes. Add a splash of colour to bed and borders or raised beds.
Height 51-60 (20-24"); spread 41-50cm (16-20").
New in 2021 & BEST VALUE in terms of quantity of seeds per £ – Mr Fothergills - 33273 - Broccoli (Sprouting)Purple Rain F1 - 40 Seeds £2.99
According to the web site this variety is "extremely productive, it will continue to produce fresh young, deeply coloured spears for weeks on end which taste tender. Plants have good heat tolerance and are slow to bolt", which if 2021 is anything like the last couple of years will be useful.
Sowing/Planting and Flowering/Harvesting Guide
Sow indoors: January-March, 1.5cm(1/2") deep in pots or trays of seed compost. Keep moist and warm. Transplant to final position when approx. 10cm(4") tall. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts) before planting out 600mm(24") apart.
Harvest: July-November. Pick the young shoots regularly to be sure of getting the best flavour and to encourage further cropping.
New in 2021 Dobies - 43 25 17 - Broccoli Gemini F1 - 25 Seeds - £2.99
One of the fastest varieties to crop. Sowing to harvest in just 80 days!