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silver swan

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Scotland
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
« on: February 04, 2011, 06:50:02 pm »
Hi All  :brocolli: :brocolli:

I grew PSB for the 1st time last year with good results, despite the caterpillars! This year will be sensible and cover them with butterfly netting. The thing is, I want to create a cage for the entire raised bed but not sure how high PSB grows? Seed packets and the Suttons Vegetable Planner (absolutely brilliant web product generally but not in this instance) don't list the height! Therefore, I'm not sure what height canes or netting kit to get etc. Answers in cms/meters gratefully received - don't do 'old money'!

Many thanks.  :-*


  • Joined Oct 2009
Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 07:23:01 pm »
PSB grows about 18" - 2 foot , but if left to carry on I think it can grow to about 3 - 4 feet . I never do though , I just cut it back and let it grow up again till I have  younger plants to take over .

I don't do metric old money it has to be I'm afraid  ::) ;D ;D ;D



smallholder in the city

  • Joined Jul 2010
  • Lincolnshire
    • HootersHall
Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2011, 07:37:44 pm »
Mine's enormous (Oo er missus) 75cm - 1m ish and currently held up by an ever increasingly complicated system of string and stakes. It survived the snow but we'll have to see how windy it gets tonight !
Probably more sensible to follow Rustyme's advice and cut it back.


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2011, 11:18:42 pm »
Mine is about a metre tall.  I made my net too low this year (using 4' canes, with about a foot (30cms) pushed into the ground) and the sprouting bits grew through it, which is of course not the idea  ::)  I took the net off before the snow and most of the plants survived.  Each one should be tied to it's own cane for support, especially the taller varieties.  Some of mine are much taller than others - I always grow a few of various varieties of everything; I think it's 'Lancer' which is extra tall.  To make supports for the net, I stuck tennis balls on the ends of the upright canes, then threaded more canes along the sides of the net and pinned them down with wire hoops, made of old fencing wire. The ends are held with bricks or old stobs.  When you buy your mesh/net, make sure it's wide enough to stretch over the whole affair. LBS horticulture do a good deal on strong black knitted netting in various widths, which should last for several years.

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  • Joined Dec 2007
Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2011, 11:00:57 am »
 You could always  get one of these.


silver swan

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Scotland
Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2011, 01:10:59 pm »
What a brilliant product! Thanks for pointing it out Andrew - It would fit across all 3 of my raised beds (just), stop the cat from digging about, chickens scratching, obviously most pests out and be much cheaper than if i had 3 lots of Harrod Horticultural (for example) cage kits. I'm getting one! :brocolli:


  • Joined Jul 2010
  • Orpingtons and assorted Sheep
Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2011, 07:52:18 pm »
Hey thats great ::) ::)

Have added it to my favorites so I don't lose the link.  Will definately think about getting one. It might keep both the chooks :chook: and the odd rabbit  :bunny:out.
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  • Joined Sep 2008
Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2011, 02:56:11 pm »
you can make one of these yourself with some lengths of blue water pipe, some roofing baton and garden canes pushed in thr ground with the pipes slotted over it. Cover the whole ting with netting and you are sorted


  • Joined Mar 2011
Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2011, 06:28:10 am »
I agree you can make one yourself and make it as big  or as  small as you want.


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