Growing Brussels Sprouts

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

Brussels Sprouts are Winter Crop Called Brassicas

Brussels sprouts is a cool season vegetable that is considered a delicacy by many people. They belong to the cabbage family with the edible portion of the crop being the bud or small cabbage like head which grows in the axils of each leaf.

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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

Set brussels sprouts transplants about 24 inches apart in a row, since they get very big as they grow. Plant deeply so that only one half to one third of the plant is left above the soil. Firm soil and attach a collar to protect against cabbage root fly.

©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

Firm the ground around the brussels sprouts plants, and water well. Mulch around plants to retain soil moisture, and earth up soil around base of stalk to add support to growing plant.

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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

Small sprouts are the most tender. Harvest them as they mature from the bottom of the stalk upward. Remove sprouts by twisting them from the stem or cutting them with a sharp knife. Harvest sprouts as needed.

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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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