How To Sow and Transplant Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprout seed should be sown in
in a seed bed
outside or containers filled with potting compost.
The plants produce a better root system and crop when they are
planted in one place and transplanted to their final position a
month or so later. The diagram shows a seedling which has not
been transplanted (the left one) and a seedling which has been
transplanted (the right one) with a better-developed root system.
They should be sown 1cm (half inch) deep and well-watered. Sow
thinly, because crowded seedlings result in weak plants later
on. The seedlings should initially be grown at least 10 cm
(4ins) apart. Germination should occur in about 10 days
time, maybe a little longer in cold weather. If you do not use
all the seed, keep it in a cool, dark place because it will keep for at least three years.
you sow the seeds under protection (cloche for example) this
should occur in
to buy a poly-tunnel or cloche online from our recommended suppliers.
sprouts should be transplanted to their final site when all
danger of frost has passed, some time during
early May. At this
point the seedlings will be about 7cm (5in) high. The soil
should have been well-dug a couple of months earlier, giving
time to allow the soil to settle. The seedlings should be
planted 60cm (2ft) apart. Ensure the soil is firmed back and if
at all dry water well - a shortage of water at this stage will
almost certainly affect the health of the plants later on.
Care Of Brussels Sprouts
Sprouts are extremely easy to care for - just ensure they do not
run short of water. Hand weeding (their roots are shallow and
easily damaged) will also be necessary occasionally. Unless the
soil is very poor, do not feed with any fertiliser, this will
only result in leafy sprouts. A mulch of well-rotted compost
will be appreciated. If the site is exposed to strong wind,
staking may be required.