white sprouting (broccoli/calabrese)
Last autumn I bought plug plants called 'white sprouting' which I assume are broccoli or calabrese (unsure of the difference). The info that came with them suggested that the spears would come in the coming spring. However, spring came, leaves came, more leaves came, but no spears.
Currently more new leaves are coming thick and fast. The plants are now 2 feet high. Still no sign of any spears.
So my question is should I leave them in over winter and assume that the spears will come next spring. Have I got some duds where the spears will just not come? Or is there something else I could do with them to encourage the spears for the spring?
I've been tending them regularly picking off the cabbage white eggs and caterpillars. So I'd like to think my investment in them will eventually pay off.