When to plant and location.
When to plant.
Brussels sprouts can be tricky to grow as timing of planting is critical for the production of good sprouts. Sprouts take 4-5 months to form. If you plant too late, sprouts will form in spring as the weather is warming and the days are getting longer, and this spoils their development. If you have trouble raising seeds, start with seedlings to give your crop a head start.
- Subtropic and tropic areas are not suitable as they are averse to hot dry weather.
- In cooler areas, sow seed from spring to early autumn and seedling from autumn.
- In temperate areas, restrict seed sowing to summer and seedlings from autumn.
- Brussels sprouts grow best in soil that holds moisture well. Choose a position with full sun or with light afternoon shade where temperatures are hotter.
- Sprouts can reach 1-1.2m high and are easily damaged by wind, so select a sheltered position.
- Don’t choose a position in front of plants that need full sun as their foliage will put others in the shade.
Get the soil right to harvest a bumper crop of yummy Brussels sprouts.
Follow our steps for easy soil preparation.