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Postby taralastair » Sun Mar 12, 2006 8:09 pm

Out of 4 healthy looking plants only one of my PSB has started to produce (and only minimally). I can't remember which variety I planted but thought by now I should be having a crop. Is it just too cold still or has something gone wrong? Plants were pretty healthy all winter. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Postby Beryl » Sun Mar 12, 2006 9:02 pm

[b] I'm growing 'Red Arrow'which I have grown for the last 5-6 years. Previously it has always started to produce spears in abundance by now but this year it is very slow. I have not had any pickings yet. I can only put it down to lack of rain and the exceptional weather. Be patient, unless you need the ground for something else, there is still time. Even just the young leaves can be steamed or stir fried.
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Postby taralastair » Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:06 pm

Ta very much for the reassurance. I'll keep my fingers crosssed.

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Postby Johnboy » Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:07 am

Hi Tara,
Be sure to take out the main bud and the plants should flourish. By removing the prime bud you encourage the plant to produce many. It could take three to five weeks though before you get meaningful pickings.
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Postby taralastair » Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:27 pm

Yes, thanks for the reminder. I have done that with the one that has started to bud, but the others haven't done anything yet. They look healthy though so I'll be patient.


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Postby Beryl » Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:52 pm

Just thought I would let you know Tara I had my first picking of PSB today - 2 carrier bags full.
Worth waiting for - Hope yours is doing the same.

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Postby Tara » Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:05 pm

I have had two meals from two of my plants. Two other plants are just beginning to bud. Delicious though. They are worth the wait and as they are so late I am hoping they will see us through to some of our early summer veg.

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Postby Compo » Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:37 pm

What's PSB ? Purple Sprouting?
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Postby Beryl » Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:37 pm

Yes, Purple Sprouting Broccoli
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Postby peter » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:35 pm

You lucky, lucky, b*****. :oops:

Mine look like mutated baseball bats at the mo.
I seem to have picked the worst spot on the plot this year, the frost got all my brassica's to some extent or other. Just being an optomist at the moment and hoping the warmer weather might give me at least one meal.
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Postby Compo » Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:29 pm

Mine were planted in autumn as garden centre bare root plants, and are flowering like mad, cant keep up with the picking so am going to have to freeze it or give it away
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Postby peter » Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:59 am

Go on Compo, rub it in. :D

Bloody plants, bloody frost, must remember not to plant over-wintering brassicas there again. :evil:

Thing is it is 20 to 30 foot from where they thrived two years ago :evil: :roll: and we could not eat the PSB fast enough that year. :evil:
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