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Growing Brussels sprouts

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Brussels sprouts in Australia - tropical regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • 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

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

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
09 Jul 18, Raymond Ward (Australia - temperate climate)
What soil do Brussels Sprouts grow best in
13 Jul 18, Mike L (Australia - temperate climate)
I suggest you read up about what soil is required to have a good garden.
06 Jun 18, dan (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
when would be the best time of year to grow brussell sprouts
08 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
The main purpose of this website is to work out your climate zone, then go to the vegie you want to learn about. The info is there in big colorful display.
16 May 18, Suze (Australia - temperate climate)
I also live close to you and have put brussels sprouts in - May for me. I have had better success growing inland rather than on the coast, where the nights are colder. Sprouts form on the coast, just smaller fruit and a bit slower.
09 May 18, Stephen Rae (Australia - temperate climate)
We live near Torquay in Victoria Bunnings have Brussel Sprouts seedlings for sale Is it ok to plant them now and if so how long will they take to grow Thank You Stephen Rae
11 May 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
If you read the notes above you would see it said transplant in April/ May. And it also says 14-28 weeks for cropping. Have a play around on this website and learn how to use it.
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