HOW TO GROW BRUSSELS SPROUTS IN YOUR GARDEN

PLANTING BRUSSELS SPROUTS:

  • Start by sowing seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost.
  • Alternatively, you can also sow seeds outdoors 4 months before the first fall frost, although we do recommend starting them indoors for best results.
  • Raised beds are recommended when growing brussels sprouts since they are a cold weather vegetable and weather can change drastically.
  • A few days before transplanting, work some fertilizer into your soil.
  • Plant seedlings 12-24 inches apart.
  • If you're sowing seeds directly into the ground, plant them 1/2 inch deep, and 2-3 inches apart. Once plants have reached 6 inches in height, thin them to 12-24 inches apart.
  • Water well after planting.

CARING FOR BRUSSELS SPROUTS:

  • Fertilize three weeks after transplanting.
  • Mulch heavily to retain moisture and keep the soil cool.
  • Since roots are shallow and easily prone to damage, do not cultivate.

HARVESTING BRUSSELS SPROUTS:

  • You can harvest brussels sprouts from the bottom of the stalks once they reach about 1 inch in diameter.
  • Do not wash the sprouts before storing them – only right before you plan to use them.
  • If you're planning on a winter harvest, keep brussels sprouts plants safe by covering them with straw.

Happy Planting!