Miranda Broccoli ( 90-100 Days)
The Miranda Broccoli is a type of sprouting broccoli with violet colored heads and side shoots. The plant grew tall, initially producing a good sized, main head for us, 8 inches and was followed with colorful sprouts. We started them indoors, 3 weeks before planting them outside into our raised beds, with the first head arriving mid August. Having one of our hottest, dry summers in memory we were impressed with its growth.
Germination: 3-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep
Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement. Transplant a week or two before last frost. Space 12-18" apart. Sow in early to midsummer for fall crops.
Sowing Outdoors: Spring when soil temperature reaches at least 55ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds every 12-18” apart. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow in midsummer for fall crops. Germination is slower at lower soil temperatures.
Harvest: Pick when heads are tight before flower buds starts to open. For varieties that produce side shoots keep picked for a longer production
Tips: Provide Miranda Broccoli with fertile soil, rich in organic matter from the very beginning of its growth in the garden. Give adequate, even moisture for the best growth. Mulching helps retain moisture.