Broccoli Bonarda F1 (Purple Sprouting)


  • Brassica oleracea
  • Seed Packet contains approx. 20 seeds.
  • Open Pollinated. Treated Seed

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Broccoli Bonarda F1

Broccoli Bonarda F1 is a cold-hardy mini broccoli with deep purple florets on narrow stems and very strong, upright plants. For late summer or early autumn planting to overwinter and harvest in late winter to late spring (Depends on time of planting). Timing of harvests is useful for market gardeners.

Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures is required for a successful crop thus suited to cool climates. Was my best performing purple sprouting Broccoli during late winter to spring 2023. Kept on producing until November.

Use netting or spray with DiPel (Natures Way) to control Cabbage white butterfly (disappears when weather cools in April generally).

When to Sow:

Cool Climate: mid DEC – mid MAR

Temperate: MAR – APR

Sub – Tropical: MAY – JUN

Tropical: may not be suitable

Arid: may not be suitable

  • Sowings in early spring in cool climates may need protection from heavy frosts

Spacing: 30-40cm. rows 45cm

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Broccoli on the Wiki

  • Broccoli resulted from breeding of landrace Brassica crops in the northern Mediterranean starting in about the sixth century BCE.
  • Broccoli has its origins in primitive cultivars grown in the Roman Empire and was most likely improved via artificial selection in the southern Italian Peninsula or in Sicily.
  • Broccoli was spread to northern Europe by the 18th century and brought to North America in the 19th century by Italian immigrants.
  • After the Second World War, breeding of United States and Japanese F1 hybrids increased yields, quality, growth speed, and regional adaptation, which produced the cultivars that have been the most popular since then.

Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 18 to 24 C (around 5-10 days to germination)

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