Broccoli (Purple Sprouting) Growing Guide

Broccoli (Purple Sprouting)

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


Rich, deep soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant



Not required if good soil.


Single Plants: 60cm (1' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm (1' 11") with 60cm (1' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Either direct into soil or in pots to plant out later if clubroot disease is a problem in your soil. Firm down well when planting out. For green summer broccoli, see 'Broccoli (Green)'.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Use fine mesh or exclusion netting over the warmer months to prevent butterflies laying eggs on the underside of leaves - caterpillars can destroy these plants. Protect against birds which can damage the young seedlings and overwintering crops. May need supportive stakes during the winter.


Harvest by cutting off the large central head first before it starts to flower. Smaller side shoots should then be produced for harvesting a few weeks later.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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