Sprouting broccolis, like 'Burgundy', create one moderate to small main head, but the real show starts as it begins to produce generous side shoots. Purple broccolis are known for being quite tender, flavorful, and full of antioxidants, but in most cases also a bit fickle, needing cool temperatures–not 'Burgundy'; it's tolerant of a wider range of temperatures, which means a longer harvest period. Some gardeners pinch the first main floret off as soon as it is visible to encourage more abundant side shoots. Resistant to Fusarium yellows.
Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. italica (hybrid)
Days to Maturity: 68 – 75 Days
Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual
Plant Dimensions: Plants are approximately 36″ tall and 24″ wide
Variety Information: 'Burgundy' is a sprouting broccoli, grown for its tender side shoots.
Attributes: Cold Tolerant, Disease Resistant
When to Sow Outside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, or when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 60°–85°F. Also in late summer for fall harvest. Mild Climates: Best sown in fall or winter for cool-season harvest.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Transplant 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 7 – 14 Days
Seed Depth: ?”
Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 24″
Row Spacing: 24″ – 36″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 24″
Harvesting: Harvest when the florets on the main head or shoots are enlarged but are still closed.