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Growing Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Ideally suited to cold frosty winters, Brussels Sprouts produce their crops from late October to early March.


Latin Name
Brassica oleracea

Hardy biennial grown as an annual

Site and Soil
Full sun or partial shade on most soils except acid.

Plant to Harvest Time
32 weeks

How Many?
1kg (2.2lbs) per plant

Picture of brussels sproutsThey grow well on almost any soil, and are quite content in partial shade. Surely a vegetable for all gardens.

Brussels Sprouts were cultivated in Belgium as far back as 1200, hence the name (Brussels is capital of Belgium. They were first grown commercially in Belgium in the 1580s, now they are cultivated all over Europe.

Where To Grow Brussels Sprouts
Sprouts are very tolerant of almost all soil conditions although they dislike acid soils which can make them more susceptible to club root. A firm soil is best in order to enable the root system to support these top heavy plants.

They will grow equally well in sun or partial shade, but prefer partial shade. Be sure not to grow them in front of other plants which need full sun, their foliage will put others in the shade. Again, because they are top-heavy, they should be grown in an area which is free from strong winds.


Name: Bob Newman
Date posted: November 02, 2011 - 06:34 am
Message: My sprouts are all leaves on a thin stem, will they grow, will I get any harvest at all and what have I done wrong please?

Name: julie neeves
E-mail: Private
Date posted: July 03, 2011 - 05:09 pm
Message: please can you tell me why my crop of sprouts have turned to yellow flowers also my caulies and brocoli

Name: sandra naylor
Date posted: May 25, 2011 - 04:51 am
Message: hi can I grow sprouts in bags like potatoes thankyou

Name: christine
Date posted: December 28, 2010 - 11:43 pm
Message: I have put my sprouts in a large tub, will I get any sprouts and if not can I eat the leaves? thanks.