Growing Guide: Brussels Sprouts

Growing Brussels Sprouts

For a nutritious, cruciferous and cabbage-licious treat, try growing Brussels sprouts. They're a fantastically frugal way to turn your kitchen garden gourmet. And if you remember to harvest these Brassican beauties early, you'll have a delicious treat that's just about as cute as a bumpy green garden vegetable can be.

 

Growing Brussels Sprouts

Sowing Guide

 
When to sow indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost
When to sow outdoors Early summer for fall crop (warm regions), later for cooler regions
Seed depth 1/4"
Germination soil temperature 75° – 80°F
Germination length 5-8 days
When to transplant 4-6 weeks
Varieties

Jade Cross E (dwarf)

Oliver (dwarf)

Trafalgar (tall)

Valiant (tall)

Roodnerf (open pollinated)

Rubine (purple!)

Growing Guide

 
pH range 6.0 – 7.5
Soil temperature 60° – 65°F
Spacing 16 – 18"
Watering Moderate and even
Light Full sun or light shade
Nutrient requirements

N = moderate

P = high

K = high

Fertilizer schedule Every 3 – 4 weeks
When to harvest When buds are firm, preferably after a frost or two

Looking for more information and inspiration?
Check out these Brussels sprouts growing tips.

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