Comments On - Brussels Sprouts Advice

Variety is the most important factor in growing Brussels Sprouts for your area. I've been growing them for years , start inside under lights in March in Western Washington and plant out 2 mos later. If your soil is descent, add only bone meal or equivalent or nothing at all. High nitrogen will make the sprouts loose. Long Island, Jade cross, long island improved Do NOT WORK FOR ME EVER! Vancouver, Bubbles, Roodnerf work well. Vessies only has Vancouver, Bubbles you can find at a couple places and there are lots of sources for roodnerf.
John, Duvall, WA
Posted: 12/12/2011 5:22:50 PM
Rick, good luck with your sprouts. I've never tried to grow sprouts which would be a early spring or a fall crop. I will be interested in your success story about the harvest. Have a great Italian garden day.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 10/27/2011 5:51:10 AM
Thanks for the advice. You've got to be a pretty good gardener Bruce. I never saw anyone grow good sprouts in LV when I was there. Complimenti!
rick, Rapallo, YT
Posted: 10/25/2011 1:47:29 AM
I love your enthusiasm, even for Brussels sprouts.

My best advice for you is to make sure that when you pick the sprouts, you break off all of the leaves below the sprouts you harvested. This stimulates the silly thing into growing another layer of leaves up top and pushing the remaining sprouts into growing faster.

Don't wait until they get huge, be satisfied with medium to large ones and you'll most likely get a lot of them.

If you have a windy area, staking them can help. I use cages made from concrete re-mesh. It's a welded-wire fabric that stands 5-feet tall with 6-inch openings. I make a tubular cage out of it and plant my sprouts in the center. They won't need a lot of support, but if the wind comes up like it does here in Las Vegas, you'll be glad you gave them some support.

Best of luck!
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 10/21/2011 7:37:28 AM
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