Growing Brussels sprouts

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Not recommended for growing in Australia - tropical regions

  • 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

15 Dec 20, Damian Orisakwe (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Can Brussels Sprouts grow in hot West African weather? If yes, what type can survive? Thanks. Damian
18 Dec 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Brussels sprouts are a cool/climate crop. If your temperatures go down below about 6-8 a fair bit in winter then you would plant seeds early autumn and seedlings mid/late autumn.
20 Apr 20, DiA (New Zealand - temperate climate)
My Brussel Sprouts cuttings are sprouting now. Where and how best to transfer them to pkant where they best wiuld thrive, in the garden or in separate trays ? I guess with quarantine mesh in both cases?
23 Jun 19, Colin Robinson (Australia - temperate climate)
I would like to be able to purchase some Brussel tops, as they make a great green to eat with a good roast and the green water makes a fantastic gravy. Do you know anywhere in NSW that I can purchase some? We live in Goulburn NSW
24 Jun 19, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If you are talking the top of the plant then a farmer who grows brussels.
10 Nov 18, Kerrie Torr (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Am I wasting my my time with planting Brussel sprouts At present I have 4 great looking Brussel sprout plants but no fruit should I remove them And I’m questioning wether I should bother with them at all I’m in Noosa Thanks Kerrie
12 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
In Qld's warmer climates you have a very small window to plant sprouts - Feb/March. Grow them into the winter cool months. They really are a cool weather crop.
14 Sep 18, Gerard O'Donnell (Australia - temperate climate)
I can't see anything here about feeding brussel sprouts. Can anyone direct me to the appropriate page on this website please?
14 Sep 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
GO TO GOOGLE - how to grow Brussel sprouts. If you start with good soil when you plant you don't need to feed them.
14 Sep 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Gerard have a look here - www.gardenate.com/plant/Brussels sprouts?zone=5
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