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Brussels Sprouts

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Question: 770-2512
I just planted Brussels Sprouts. I am a beginner. Can you give me some advice? John, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
You could side-dress with 5-10-10 fertilizer. If you can keep the soil moist, the heat of evaporation will cool them this time of year. It is far better to plant them in mid August and go from hot to cool than the opposite. You can pick them through the winter, if planted late summer.

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Question: 521-1511
My Brussels Sprouts grow every spring without success. What do you suggest? Mary, Harbor Springs, MI

Mort's Answer:
In northwest Michigan, you are better off planting seeds in late July and plants in August for fall fruit. Brussel Sprouts prefer the cooler temperatures for flowering and fruit. Because you are in zone 4, you do not have a long enough spring. You have to plant after June 9th. Unless you can get shorter season varieties for the spring planting, try late summer planting. In the fall, you can cover them and pick through the winter under the snow.

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Question: 744-1912
When is the best time for growing Brussels Sprouts? John, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
If you get lucky and get cool weather this spring and summer, you could plant this spring. Since they can survive frosts, they can be planted earlier in the spring or in August in zone 6 for late fall or winter harvest. Fall is better because they favor cool instead of heat. You can store the plants indoors with sprouts attached in the winter as long as they do not freeze.

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Question: 768-2412
My Brussels Sprouts have not fully matured the last two years. I planted them in March. Diane, Nebraska City, NE

Mort's Answer:
If you can keep the soil moist , the heat of evaporation will cool them this time of year. It is far better to plant them in mid August and go from hot to cool than the opposite. You can pick Brussels Sprouts through the snow in Christmas season.

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Question: 771-2512
I just planted Brussels Sprouts. I am a beginner. Can you give me some advice? John, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
You could side-dress with 5-10-10 fertilizer. If you can keep the soil moist, the heat of evaporation will cool them this time of year. It is far better to plant them in mid August and go from hot to cool than the opposite. You can pick them through the winter, if planted late summer.

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Question: 1245-1415
I have had no luck with Brussels Sprouts. I plant them from seeds and use store bought in the spring and have not got buds that open. I have been using a liquid fertilizer. Joe, Waterford, CT

Mort's Answer:
Because they love the cold, I would plant them outdoors in late July or early August for fall or winter harvesting. I have seen them bloom under snow. Stay away from liquid fertilizers. A handful or two of 5-10-10 applied in the spring to the bed will do nicely. A touch of epsom salts will help. When buds start to form, pick off some of there side leaves for fatter sprouts.

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Question: 1328-4615
I planted Brussels Sprouts in late July. Now they are all mushy. What did I do wrong? Warren, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
You could put down some hydrated lime to absorb the excess water but I think you may be too late to save these sprouts. You could plant some more now. They love the cold weather. They will grow through the snow. I am guessing that you may have overcompensated when we had a mini drought in September with too much water.

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