Growing Brussels sprouts

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S   P              

(Best months for growing Brussels sprouts in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 7°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 45 - 60 cm apart
  • Harvest in 14-28 weeks. Pick sprouts when small. .
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chili, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard
  • Mature brussels sprouts
  • Young plant (CC BY-SA 3.0 WikiMedia)

Grown for its small (typically 2.5 cm diameter) leafy green buds, which resemble miniature cabbages.

BETTER IN COOLER AREAS.

Brussel Sprouts will not grow good "sprouts" in warm areas - they open and are floppy.

In warm areas they are likely to be infested with aphids Pick formed sprouts from the bottom of the stems leaving the plant growing. For winter use in very cold areas, dig up plants that have heads developed and set close together in a cold frame or cellar. Pack soil firmly round the roots. Keep cool but not freezing and they will continue to mature. (Planning an Idaho Vegetable Garden : Educational Communication online Publishing Catalog Gardening www.cals.uidaho.edu/ edComm/catalog.asp.)

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Brussels sprouts

Remove any discoloured outer leaves.
Cut in half and steam with other vegetables.
Do not overcook as that produces the distinctive smell that puts people off eating Brussels sprouts!
They go well with a chopped tomato and onion mix.
Traditionally served with roasted chestnuts for Xmas dinner in UK.

Your comments and tips

08 Dec 21, Donald Green (USA - Zone 6b climate)
when should brussel sprouts be seeded for spring planting
08 Oct 21, Jess (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Hi My Brussel sprouts were growing really well and now with the buds forming they are all loose and floppy. Is there something that I can do to stop that? Thanks in advance.
04 Mar 21, Holly Ann Blanton (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I was just curious, i live i the Valdosta Georgia area and I wanted to know something. I have he Catskill Brussel Sprouts and It tells me for my region for where I live is very close to North Florida border. Approzimately 10 min away. So I am located exactly in the middle of the georgia map. At the bottom. If you see. As for the Burpee seeds that I got today at my local walmart store it states for the climate that I do not need to plant until September-November ... now for the northern tip of the border of Georgia it states that the Catskill Brussel Sprouts can plant in April-May. Any suggestions..
05 Mar 21, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Brussel sprouts do better in cool weather, so choose your planting time when you know the hot summer days are finished.
16 Jul 21, Holly Blanton (USA - Zone 2b climate)
Thanks so much for the input. It is now Middle of July. Starting off the seeds in a Jiffy greenhouse starter . Looking forward in planting my Catskill Brussels. Surely, I will let let you all know how my harvesting goes. :)
01 Jul 20, Tasha (USA - Zone 8a climate)
We live in Alabama and super new to gardening. Is it too late to start seedlings now?
02 Jul 20, Paula (USA - Zone 9a climate)
I live in South Louisiana and a good time to plant seeds in indoor trays is this month; direct sow in ground would be September. Best of luck in your gardening journey.
18 Jun 20, Lucy Karrys (USA - Zone 7b climate)
I want to plant brussel sprouts now June 20th or wait til July 12th when its rainy and cooler for late fall harvesting .Is that wise ?
16 Jun 20, Melanie (USA - Zone 9a climate)
What is the best variety of Brussels Sprouts to plant in zone 9a?
01 May 20, Karen (USA - Zone 6b climate)
I bought a six pack of small brussels sprout plants in my area, zone 6B in April. That’s when they were available. Can they be reasonably be planted now?
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Hi! When it says "S" it means start seeds inside, when it says "T" it means to transplant those seedlings outside in the garden. When it says "P" for plant outside does that mean you plant the seeds outside? I'm unsure because, take Brussels Sprouts for example - It says "S" in March and "P" in May and June; what is the "P" referring to? I'm just confused because some vegetables have an "S" and a "T". Thanks for any help you can give me!!! "Plant in garden" means to sow seed directly into the garden where you want the plant to grow.

- Kathy

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