What makes Suttons Brussel Sprout seeds special?
Brussel Sprout plants are part of the cabbage family, and are very hardy plants and will survive through the winter. Exposure to cold weather helps them become full of taste. The Suttons collection are ahead of the game and prove that the Brussel is not such a plain vegetable. Try sowing something unusual like the red brussels sprout seed ‘Red Ball’, or for continuous cropping the crispy and flavoursome ‘Continuity Mix’.
Growing Brussels Sprouts from seed
- Start your Brussel seeds in Tray cells from Mid-March to April. Use a Good peat compost and make sure its firmed and sieved
- Alternatively, like many Brassicas they can be started in a seedbed away from their final positioning, this reduces the chances of diseases like Club Root. Transplant 4 to 5 leaves. Important to consolidate Brussels when they are replanted
- They can be hungry plants so use a Nitrogen base dressing and a few buckets of rotted manure prior to planting.
- Brassicas family are popular with other life forms, so beware of pigeons, net or cage them to be safe. Inspect them for pest damage, particularly when young.
- Water frequently as the plants establish and give them an organic mulch as they mature.
When should you plant Brussels Sprouts seed?
- The sprout seeds need to be sown into a seedbed frame at the depth of 13mm during March or early April
- When the plants are large enough to handle they can be transplanted
- Brussels seed germination takes place within 7-12 days
Brussels are a slow crop to mature but your patience will be rewarded, they taste all the better. The time to harvest is when a small tight ball has developed on the plant stem. Support the plant with canes if necessary. It’s important to note that you should never grow on the same ground the following year, so move the on to soil that did not contain Brassicas last year.
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