Brussels Sprouts Seeds

Those who do not like Brussels sprouts most likely have never any that were home grown. To ensure taste and form there are some things to be taken into consideration when growing them. A close relative to cabbage, Brussels sprouts are a cool weather that requires a fertile heavy soil. Cole crops, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale should be only grown in any given area every third year to reduce problems with soil borne disease. Consider planting beans and peas in alternate years as they help increase fertility. Well rotted compost is also a good addition to any bed where Brussels sprouts will be grown. You can either start seeds indoors in seedling trays or outside in a seedling bed . It is important to transplant Brussels sprouts to encourage a strong root system. Transplant seeds into permanent locations 100 days before last frost and plant seeds 4 to 5 weeks prior to transplanting. Be sure to mulch around the bottom of the plants and water well in the hotter months as Brussels sprouts become bitter when allowed to dry out. Harvest when sprouts are an inch in diameter and tight. Breaking off the leaf directly below the sprout will help in sprout production.