Produces 1-2" red-purple sprouts that deepen in color late after a frost. A variety from Europe that is milder than green sprouts with a more nutty flavor. Grows to 3 feet. Beautiful color remains after cooking. Attractive plant, perfect for the home gardener.
Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera
Germination: 3-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep
Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement. Transplant a week or two before last frost. Space 18-24" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Around last frost date when soil temperature reaches at least 60-65ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds every 18-24” apart. Thin to the strongest seedling per space.
How much does a packet plant: 20-25 foot single row
Harvest: Start picking from bottom up, when they are firm and 1” across, cutting off the leaf below the sprout. To harvest all the sprouts at once cut off the top of the stalk 4-6 weeks before you want to harvest or when lower sprouts reach 1/2” in size.The best and sweetest Brussels sprouts are harvested after going through a few frosts.
Tips: Provide fertile soil, rich in organic matter from the very beginning of its growth in the garden. Amend with compost if soil is not fertile. Give adequate, even moisture for the best growth. Mulching helps retain moisture.