Learn how to grow Brussels sprouts with this comprehensive guide. Get info on sun requirements, spacing, planting, feeding, harvesting and more!

Soil

What soil is good for Brussels Sprouts?

Rich, deep soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost mixed in. 

Position

How much sun does Brussels Sprouts need?

Full sun 

Frost Tolerant

Is Brussels Sprouts frost tolerant?

Yes

Spacing

How much space does Brussels Sprouts need?

Roughly 60cm apart 

Planting

When should I plant Brussels Sprouts?

Brussel Sprouts are a cool season crop and are usually planted in autumn, depending on your climate. 

Seeds can be sown in late summer for transplanting in autumn. Seeds can also be direct sown in autumn. 

If transplanting, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.   

Feeding

What do I feed Brussels Sprouts?

Apply an organic fertiliser throughout the season. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Brussels Sprouts?

Harvest from the bottom of the plant upwards when the sprouts are roughly the size of a golf ball. 

Pests

What pests does Brussels Sprouts get?

Aphids, Slug, Snail, Cabbage Moth, Cabbage White Butterfly, Diamondback Moth, Flea Beetle, Cabbage Looper, Cabbage Worm, Root Knot Nematode

Diseases

What diseases does Brussels Sprouts get?

 Alternaria Leaf Spot, Black Rot, Club Root, Downy Mildew, Fusarium Wilt, Powdery Mildew, Sclerotinia Stem Rot, White Rust

Troubleshooting

How do I troubleshoot my growing problems?

Protect young seedlings from pest damage at the time of planting. 

Use fine mesh or exclusion netting to prevent white butterflies laying eggs on the underside of leaves, caterpillars be detrimental to this plant. Supportive stakes may be required to hold up the plant once it has developed sprouts. 

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