Over the last decade the number of growers and companies supplying the seed has dwindled to a handful and the perennial nature of the plants can vary enormously. That’s why we feel passionate about contributing in a small way to improving the variety and stage one is to do a mass cross of all the 11 accessions which have been planted in a block of 15 x 15 rows. An accurate planting map has been produced so we can track each plant and observe its growth and habits. After watering the small plants when they were transplanted out on 8th June, they have rapidly grown into strong specimens even though they have not been watered since and have barely had a drop of rain. Crimson clover was sown between the rows and the plants have been protected with enviromesh for the summer and will be uncovered in September.
Julien in the polytunnel inspecting the Nine Star seedlings
The pics show the small plants being transplanted out in the field and some shots at the end of July with burgeoning growth. We just need to get them through the winter on our exposed site and wait for flowering in the spring. Of course, they may not all flower at the same time. We’ll be watching closely…more updates as the project progresses.
Mandy plants out the young Nine Star plants
The whole project wouldn’t be possible without the help of friends who worked with us to get the plants in the ground
The Nine Star Broccoli plants have been transplanted into the field and are covered with enviromesh for the summer months
Almost two months on from the initial planting, the Nine Star plants are looking very robust and healthy
One of the Nine Star plants in rapid growth