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Not just for Christmas! If the right variety of Brussels sprout seeds is chosen then you will be supplied with fresh sprouts to pick from September to early spring.
'Kalette Flower Sprout Mix'
Brussels sprouts are very hardy and will stand happily in the garden throughout winter. The seeds need to be sown into seedbed frame at the depth of 13mm during March or early April. When the plants are large enough to handle they can be transplanted. Germination takes place within 7-12 days.
Your Brussels sprout seeds need to be planted firmly into firm ground to encourage solid button formation. The plant will reach maturity within 30-36 weeks.
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There are a number of reasons why brussels sprout produce open, blown sprouts. This can occur if there is insufficient organic mater in the soil, the plants have not been planted firmly or they have been planted in a loose soil. Where blown sprouts are seen on the plant these should be removed. Keep the plants well watered in dry spells.
White Blister is a widespread fungal disease that attacks plants in the brassica family including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and related weeds such as shepherd's purse. The spores overwinter winter in the soil and can remain dormant for several months. The symptoms are small, smooth, white spots which later become powdery as the spores are produced, giving the appearance that white paint has been splashed on the leaves and stems. Affected areas or the whole plant becomes distorted.
There are no chemicals available for the control of white blister. Affected plants should be destroyed and not composted. Keep the area weed free and maintain a crop rotation of at least three years.
Club root produces distorted, swollen roots on plants in the brassica family including broccoli, cabbages, cauliflowers and also related plants such as radishes, swedes, turnips and mustard. The flowering plants candytuft, stocks and wallflowers can also be affected.
Swollen galls form on the roots either as a large single one or in a cluster. In severe attacks the plants may be stunted and develop red-purple tints to the foliage. Wet soils and periods of heavy rainfall encourage the spread of the disease. Plants may suffer more in dry season as they lack a healthy root system. Club root is more likely to be a problem on acid soil and in this case lime can be added to maintain a pH of 7. Attacks can occur on alkaline soils if brassicas are grown too frequently and if soil temperature and moisture are favourable for disease diease to spread.
The disease is most likely to appear when two or three brassica crop have been grown succession. Infected seedlings can transfer the disease into clean land as can infected soil on boots and tools. Plants raised in 10cm (4") pots can achieve a reasonable crop and earthing up around the base of the crop plant will help to encourage new root growth.
Club root resistant varieties are becoming available and we offer seed of cabbage, cauliflower, and swedes that show good resistance.
There are currently no chemicals available for the control of club root.
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