Brussels sprouts are a popular vegetable in the United States. But there are a few things you need to know to successfully grow one. Some of the things you need to learn are covered in this article including… the best time to start new plants, soil and spacing, pests you’ll encounter and more.
Brussels sprouts are usually a fall crop in the south and southeastern regions of the United States. This is because the crop takes a long to mature. Belgium is where Brussels sprouts were originally grown.
The vegetable is commonly referred to as wild cabbage. A look at the vegetables will clearly show similar characteristics between the two. Most people are familiar with the green variety but a red variety is also available to consumers.
The soil used should be firm but not packed. The spacing between plants should be about two feet. If planting more than one row keeps the spacing between the rows around three feet. The first feeding should be applied after the plant has reached a height of one foot. A slow release granular fertilizer should be enough for the entire growing cycle.
Leaf joints are where the Brussels sprouts grow. They grow from the bottom up so as soon as the ones on the bottom are about the size of a large marble you can begin to pick them. If you leave them too long they will become bitter. The leaves of the Brussels sprout can also be cooked and eaten.
The cabbage worm and cabbage looper are common garden pests found on Brussels sprouts. A trip to a gardening store will provide you a solution to your pest problem. Because they are a late growing crop, you’ll have plenty of time to rid your plants of any pest problem that could destroy your crop.
Remember, Brussels sprouts are a long growing crop, so plan ahead and expect to wait a while for a harvest.