Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Brussels Sprouts
We prefer roasting sprouts—they have a lovely carmelized flavor!
This is my first year growing brussel sprouts. Actually did it on a whim. What a surprise I was in for!
The seller I bought the house from in 2020, were not Gardner’s, but I found raised beds on the side of the house. (3) 5X8’. I found everything in there from old dish towels, broken and rusted steel pipes, an old broken weed eater, plastic bags… you name it.
When the Brussels Sprout package said to plant of thin to 12-24”, they mean it!
Next year I’ll stretch it out to maybe 30-35 inches.
I removed the garbage, weeds and everything else.
I put in 3 bags of commercial compost, mixed it into the existing soil, and experimented.
On one side of the bed I planted carrots, the other side I put in 3 Sprout plants.
3 plants in 8 feet is not enough room. ( Best 60 carrots I’ve every grown!)
The plants are every bit of 3 feet high and have hundreds of sprouts on each.
One of them, I suppose he felt squished, started growing side shoots next to the ground and those created their own root and are baring sprouts all on their own.
The first frost has come and gone.
I light snow.
So Today I’m going to start harvesting dinner size portions off the main stalk.
We’ll see how it goes.
This was our first year growing brussel sprouts. We kept waiting for them to show up above the plant. We finally realized they were below the large leaves. So funny! We also grow carrots and I can’t believe how delicious they are! Enjoy your gardening.
I planted Brussel Sprouts last summer as an experiment and the plants did not do very well, possibly due to weather condition. Had no sign of sprouts. After the snow melted this spring, I was surprised to see them come alive, specially one particular one that grew very tall within a month and then it flowered. However many plants have started to come out of the stem (which has become quite thick and tough by now). Can I grow them from what looks like new plants? If so, how?
One of these have grown 1 feet tall but again no sign of sprouts formation. Can I relocate it to a more fertile location?
Loads of large leaves , where are the sprouts hiding? Do I trim back any leaves? It is the end of September but no frost yet?
The sprouts appear underneath the leaves—look at the bas of each leaf and a small sprout should be forming.
Due to beetles that came off canola fields in spring, I tried three times to plant seedlings, and it finally took in late June. We just had a few weeks of hot weather (30+C). The Brussels sprouts seemed to stop growing, but still had a crown of leaves. Now that it’s cooled down, the crown has opened and the stems have thickened considerably. The stems went from maybe 1/2-1” diameter to about 3”. Should I be concerned? There are little nobs, but nothing looking like it would form a sprout at the stem axels… any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Brussels sprouts are heavy feeders, so they need a rich organic soil of aged manure and compost. (There can almost never be enough!) They tend to do best in cool weather, from the time they are set out to the fall, when a frost sets on them. You also need to check the soil pH; it should be more or less in the middle. The hot weather (yes, it’s summer, it’s going to be hot) may have slowed them down but I/we suspect it’s a soil-based problem. We’ve experienced it too. You could try to amend the soil as soon as possible and see if you see any change but it may be too late to expect a luscious golf-ball-size sprouts.
I planted Brilliant brussel plants in raised bed end of may, still no Brussels. I’ve read to add nitrogen to aid development, should I add manure? Or should I leave a bit longer to see what happens? Any advice? Thank you
Something’s wrong; they may not be salvageable at this point. It’s not clear if you started seeds but it sounds like it. If so, you are probably not going to get anything. B-sprouts are best started indoors, well in advance of the growing season (see above). They are heavy feeders that demand rich, fertile soil—the more aged manure, the better, and compost—but usually from the beginning, when seedlings are set out. Before you go to any trouble, you might want to check the soil pH. B-sprouts need soil to have a moderate pH; 6 to 7 is good. It can take a season or so to change that so check it first. Finally, when or if b-sprouts appear, know that they can benefit from nitrogen, but not to excess.
I am struggling to grow Brussel sprouts. The plants grow well, nice leaves. The sprouts form but never get big. Often they open up. What am I doing wrong? I have planted both in spring (but summers are too hot) and in fall.