Brussel sprouts

Brassica oleracea

Choux de Bruxelles    Brussel Sprouts   Col de bruselas   Rosenkohl

Crop Rotation Group :Brassicas (Cabbage family)brusselsprouts

Soil :Rich, deep soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in to provide abundant organic matter.

Position : Full sun.

Frost tolerant : Yes, improves with frost.


Helps: Sage, thyme, clover, malting barley
Helped by:
Beets, spinach, chard, Aromatic plants or plants with many blossoms, such as celery, chamomile, and marigolds. Dill, sage, peas, peppermint, spearmint, spurrey, rosemary, rye-grass, garlic, onions and potatoes. geraniums, alliums, nasturtium, borage, hyssop, tansy, tomatoes, thyme, wormwood, southernwood, beans, clover
Mustards, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, etc.), pole beans, strawberries


Sow and Plant :Where summers are cool, start indoors in early spring and set plants out when they have 5 or more leaves. In other areas, start seeds indoors in summer and set out plants 8 weeks before your first fall frost date.

Germination: 4-10 days

Spacing : Single Plants: 1′ 11″ (60cm) each way; Rows: 1′ 11″ (60cm) with 1′ 11″ (60cm) row gap

Feeding : Mix a high-nitrogen compost into the soil before planting.

Harvesting :Harvest from the bottom of the plant upward, twisting off sprouts that are larger than a marble. Removing nearby leaves helps to make room for growing sprouts.

Time to harvest: days

Troubleshooting :Under the coldest conditions, colonies of gray-green cabbage aphids can seriously infest plants. Control early outbreaks with insecticidal soap.

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