Brussels Sprout

The Brussel sprout is a member of the Gemmifera Group of cabbages (Brassica oleracea), the edible buds look like miniature cabbages. They taste much better when harvested from the plot after a frost than when bought in a shop.

Midlands, UK

Sow Direct

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Sow Indoors / Plant Out

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How To Grow

Sew seeds in drills 1cm deep and 15cm apart in a seedbed. When the young plants are 10-15cm high and have seven true leaves, transplant to their growing positions in a sheltered, sunny site in an area protected from strong winds. The day before planting, thoroughly water plants and water well again after transplanting. The plants need to be well firmed in, so press down around each plant. Water every 10-14 days in periods of dry weather. Nitrogen levels in the soil start to drop around August/September so plants benefit from a top-dressing of high nitrogen fertiliser such as dried poultry manure pellets. Mound soil around the base in September to support the plants. To protect the plants from pests, cover them with a fine netting after transplanting.

How/When To Harvesting

Pick the sprouts off the stem starting from the bottom, when they reach 2cm wide by firmly snapping the bud downwards. Remove any yellowing leaves as they appear, as they may act as a source of infection.