Shorter plants

Are there any short varieties of purple sprouting? Love the resulting veg but the tall plants get blown over so easily. Staking and tying in is rather awkward. Also making a netted frame to keep the pigeons of is a problem with the extra height. BarryB

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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 4,955
    edited 3 December
    *Bump*
    Hopefully someone can help you Barry. I don't think there are dwarf varieties but l could be wrong.  Maybe someone can advise re staking etc.  :)
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 18,205
    edited 3 December
    When you plant them, do you bury them up to their first leaves and firm them in well?   That does help.  OH's Brussels plants are now 4' high and still standing, blast them, despite winds of 12kph this last week and very soft ground thanks to all the rain.

    Other than that, erect a windbreak?  We're thinking of trying a Florida weave for our outside toms next year - posts and twine so cheap and easy.  - https://morningchores.com/florida-weave/
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen SpainPosts: 2,586
    No shorter varieties exist, so far as I am aware, but I believe someone in Spain is trying to develop one, which would be handy as they do get so tall.

    Mine were planted and staked sturdily enough, but the size of protective cage needed, as you say, Barry, was enormous. I used netting on the frame to keep out the cabbage whites rather than pigeons, but mine were attacked by swarms of pesky small shield bugs, red and black devils that ate all the young shoots. I tried a very fine mesh but they still got in.

    Someone on another forum said he sows his late, which results in smaller plants, might be worth a try:
    https://forum.kitchengarden.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=8344
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