Growing Brussels sprouts

Brassica sp. : Brassicaceae / the mustard or cabbage family

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

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

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • 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 45°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 18 - 24 inches 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

Your comments and tips

08 Dec 21, Donald Green (USA - Zone 6b climate)
when should brussel sprouts be seeded for spring planting
11 Dec 21, (USA - Zone 6b climate)
March to June planting for zone 6b.
21 Jan 22, Kristen (USA - Zone 5b climate)
My Brussels sprout seeds are 175-200 day to maturity. I have tried to start in doors and plant out in June in a mostly shade area, the last 3 seasons, but have never had sprouts develop. I figured it was because we have been having too warm weather, and maybe not enough sun? This season I started in January indoors, and will put them out in March with some frost protection, with more sun. Thoughts?
24 Jan 22, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The guide here says plants seeds in March and plant out in May. Most veggies need plenty of sun.
17 Jul 22, Allan brooks (USA - Zone 3b climate)
Brussel sprouts need full sun 6-8 hours a day. Shade area not ideal
06 Feb 22, Novene Manley (USA - Zone 8b climate)
First time growing Brussel Sprouts. Is it o.k. to cut off the larger outer leaves if they are yellowed or otherwise damaged? Will that affect the sprouts in any way?
07 Feb 22, (USA - Zone 4a climate)
You could take them off..
03 May 22, kathy (USA - Zone 9a climate)
I planted my brussel sprouts in the fall and they haven't produced any brussel sprouts, only stalk and leaves. They are still in the ground. I used 8-8-8 fertilizer. Do I need to use a different fertilizer?
05 May 22, Anonymous (USA - Zone 9a climate)
Gardenate advises plant in SEPT. They need cool or cold weather for best results.
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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..

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