Brussels Sprouts

  • Sun: Full Sun
  • Harvest Size: 1 to 1 1/2 inches
  • Days to Harvest: 85 to 90
  • Plant Size: 2 feet tall, 18 to 24 inches wide

Nutritious Brussels sprouts grow like mini cabbages along thick stems. This is a favorite plant for cool season gardens.

Plant spacing: 18 to 24 inches apart, or one per large container. Plants per person: 4 to 6.

Secrets to Success »

In most areas, plant in spring, but gardeners in warmest regions can set plants out in fall for a winter or spring harvest. If your site is prone to wind, drive a 3-foot stake into the ground alongside each plant for future support. Fertilize every few weeks.

Harvest and Use »

Pick buds when firm by breaking off the big leaf below the bud and snapping or cutting the bud from where it is attached to the main stem. You can also eat the cluster of greens at the top of the plant. Brussels sprouts contain a healthy dose of vitamin A and beta-carotene. Serve them lightly steamed and sautéed to maintain the best flavor.

Try These Garden Companions »

  • Pansies between Brussels sprouts plants for edible flowers.
  • Other cole crops such as broccoli, kohlrabi, and cabbage.
  • Hardy herbs such as rosemary, oregano, parsley, and sage.

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Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are pretty plants.

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