Growing Brussels Sprouts

Follow this simple step-by-step guide for growing Brussels sprouts, and harvest a hearty vegetable this fall.
From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide
Brussels Sprouts are Winter Crop Called Brassicas

Brussels Sprouts are Winter Crop Called Brassicas

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • Brussels sprouts plants
  • garden shovel
  • sharp knife

Step 1: Plant the Sprouts

Firm Soil Around Newly Planted Brussels Sprouts

Firm Soil Around Newly Planted Brussels Sprouts

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Firm the soil around new plants to help support the tall stems as they grow. Attach plant collars to protect against cabbage root fly.

Step 2: Add Support

Support Brussels Sprouts as They Grow

Support Brussels Sprouts as They Grow

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Support the plants as they grow by earthing up with soil. In more exposed areas, insert canes or stakes to prevent plants from being rocked by the wind.

Step 3: Harvest the Sprouts

Use Sharp Knife to Harvest Brussels Sprouts

Use Sharp Knife to Harvest Brussels Sprouts

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Use a sharp knife to harvest the sprouts, or twist them off with your fingers. Cut sprouts soon spoil, so only harvest when needed. Cut stems last several days.

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