Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tips for Growing Brussels Sprouts

10 Tips for growing brussels sprouts |

#1 Brussels Sprouts are a cool weather crop that grow best at around 60°-65° F, fall is the perfect time to grow them

#2 Brussels sprouts need a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight daily; more is better.

#3 Space plants about 2’ apart.

#4 Mulch to retain soil moisture, and hand pull any weeds to avoid damaging the shallow roots of the sprout plants.

#5 Once plants begin to set sprouts, they can become a bit top-heavy so add stakes for support or mound dirt around stem for support.

#6 Brussels sprouts prefer well-drained soil and do not require excessive nutrients a liquid fertilizer once a month is plenty.

#7 Too much nitrogen will make for lots of leaves but not so much on the sprouts.

#8 If any of the lower leaves of the plant show any yellowing, at once strip them off.

#9 Pinching off the plant tops forces sprouts to mature faster.

#10 Harvest sprouts in the home garden after the first or second frost, taking just those sprouts which are big enough, starting from the bottom up

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