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    Default PSB Query?

    Here goes, this is my first time growing PSB.

    I know that PSB is spose to ready around March time... Well one of mine has already started budding.

    I only put them in the ground around March/April time and they are already about 3ft tall, I have about 10 of them and they are all about the same height - only the one has sprouted (beginning to side shoot too) so far, but the others don't look far off either.

    When i started them off in the outside planter I did cover them with a small polytunnel until they were literally pushing it out the ground, could this have spurred it on to grow faster.

    Ground is well rotted manure with a thick layer of compost last year, and was turned a week prior to planting.

    Trying to cover all variables here.

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    You've started them off too early, that's all.

    Usually they are sown in April, planted out in June/July

    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    You have started them far too early. Read the sowing instructions on the seed packet for sowing and planting times. However, if they are starting to produce sprouts then make use of them. Cut them and eat them.

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    I actually bought the seedlings from B&Q and planted them out as soon as I got them.

    I made the mistake in thinking they were the normal Calabrese variety and thought it couldn't do no harm. Oh well, at least they grew.

    Last year was dismal what with all the cabbage flies about, this year has been quite the success.

    How big should they grow before I pick the first one? I don't want to pick it too early just incase it upsets the rest of the plant.

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    Cut the sprouts when they are nice and tight - don't leave them to develop and flower.

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    Thank you so much for your help and advice, never eaten PSB before so this is a season of many first's!

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    My PSB had sarted flowering as well.the variety is Rudolph,i sowed in begining of March as said on the packet and it is now flowering even before the summer variety!!!obviously i will have to harvest it but how long can i they produce for?and if i sow some more now will it grow enough to crop in the autumn or winter considering that this one flowered in under 4 months?
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    Bit late to sow really, but if you can find someone transplanting their seed bed PSB, you can plant some more.

    You two that have PSB sprouting now, could you come back and tell us how they crop please?
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