Growing Calendar for Super Extra Early Brassica Collection - Plants
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Super Extra Early varieties of brassica favourites Cabbage Duncan, Calabrese Marathon and Cauliflower Maybach.
We've done the hard work and have overwintered these late autumn-sown brassicas to give you the earliest crop next spring. These super Extra-Early varieties are exactly what farmers plant directly into the fields and are bigger, more established, and tougher plants than our standard extra early varieties meaning these will crop 2-3 weeks earlier, in early May!
You receive 3x6 tough and well-established plugs plants at around 15-20cm (6-8in) from root to tip.
Remove plugs from the blister pack which created a greenhouse-like environment for the plants during transit, and outer packaging and water the root balls well.
The root ball should be surrounded by a good network of roots which have been established over winter and so ready to support lots or stems and flower.
Plant directly in soil from March spacing plants 45cm (18in) apart and water well mornings or evenings, or both mornings and evenings during periods of drought.
18 plants will fit comfortably in a 90cm x 2.7m (3 x9 ft) area on your vegetable plot.
The Super Extra Early Cauliflowers have been sown in October and overwintered undercover with frost protection. The plants are tough, sturdy and stocky ready hardened off for immediate planting on arrival.
The plants will not look as fresh as spring sown plants BUT don’t be alarmed! The plants will be taller and have some yellow leaves which will either fall off or green up as the plant gets growing. The plants are typical of those planted by commercial growers up and down the country and will THRIVE in prepared soil.
These plants will crop 6-8 weeks earlier in your garden than spring raised crops and give your first flush of produce from your garden – and what’s more many will have cropped before persistent brassica pests are around. Caterpillar and whitefly.
Prepare your planting bed dig over and add some pre planting fertiliser, rake level and walk over the bed firming the soil.- Brassicas like firm soil. Lightly rake the surface level again.
Using a dibber or trowel make a hole deep enough to cover the root ball and the neck of the plant. Water the hole and put the plant in backfilling and firming the soil lightly around the plant.
Please unpack the plants as soon as you receive them and sit them in a tray of shallow water if they appear to have dried out in transit.
See details on the size of the plants and how we deliver our various plants to you!
Once you have received our superb young plants follow these simple instructions...
Our products are all grown with the utmost care and to high standards of quality. We regularly check our nursery stock to determine exactly when they will be at the optimum time for despatch.
We despatch our fresh, nursery-grown live plants (including vegetables, trees and flowers) when they are at a stage of growth ready for you, the customer, to plant on at home.
The delivery period shown on your order confirmation indicates when you can expect to receive your order and we will endeavour to despatch your plants in this period within 7-14 days
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