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Re: Brussels Sprouts?

Post  Turan on 7/22/2012, 12:57 pm

Please report to us how they do. Mine spend all summer growing huge leaves and then wait until Sept/ Oct to make sprouts. Maybe they do not need all that lead time, if so I would be glad.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/22/2012, 1:06 pm

I could very well be to late. It's just been so blasted hot here getting any cool weather crops going has been farthest from my mind Shocked But ya never know!

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Post  AvaDGardner on 7/22/2012, 8:24 pm

For what it's worth, both my neighbor and I are getting Brussells sprouts NOW. I planted my start in March, and it grew and grew. I didn't expect any fruit on it until this fall. But lo and behold, I have lots of them.

It hasn't been over 87 here yet.

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Re: Brussels Sprouts?

Post  Turan on 7/22/2012, 9:02 pm

I had been cogitating trying planting some fall broccoli this year. You all have given me the final push. After all I just emptied a carrot week square. So I direct seeded some Green Goliath. I cut apart a paper cup so I would know where the seeds are. 5 spots in a nursery square. If they do well I can transplant them to where the garlic is now. Right now they are covered with a bit of weed cloth later I will find some tulle because the cabbage moths are going crazy right now. They will disappear soon.

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Re: Brussels Sprouts?

Post  songstriss on 7/22/2012, 11:59 pm

This is my first year doing a sfg. I am experimenting with a shadier area of my yard since it's so hot here. I planted brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. Am I being overly optimistic? sunny
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Re: Brussels Sprouts?

Post  AvaDGardner on 7/23/2012, 1:57 am

No, but you might be a bit early!

Our heat hasn't arrived yet.

Have you planting seeds or starter plants?
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Post  smalltownfan on 9/3/2012, 11:56 am

I noticed in several pictures that people trim the botton leaves off. When would you do this? I have two plants and the leaves are huge and really spread out a lot.
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Post  camprn on 9/3/2012, 1:15 pm

Smalltown, I have already begun cutting off the large foliage of my BS. How tall are your plants now?

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Post  llama momma on 9/3/2012, 2:36 pm

I know you weren't talking to me but I transplanted 6 BS a couple weeks ago,they are taking off, probably about 9 inches tall. First frost is around Oct 15th. Hope that's enough time to mature as I never grew them before and I hope the nursery was offering them at the right time (?).
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Post  FamilyGardening on 9/3/2012, 2:44 pm

i havent read thru this thread yet Embarassed

but ....we have three really large plants that we planted from seeds this last spring and they still havent given us any b-sprouts thinking

hubby wants to pull them up......i see little some thing in the arm pits but they havent change for a couple of months What a Face

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Post  camprn on 9/3/2012, 3:21 pm

BS are very long growing and there are a few tricks to get them going. I put mine into the garden in spring time and they are now about 3.5 feet tall. I expect harvest for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

My suggestions: prune stems and foliage to within about 10 inches of the top. I do this as a progression over the season, removing about 6-8 leaves every few weeks. One reason I prune is because they are huge in the garden with all that foliage and I put one plant per square. the second reason is because some folks say it promotes growth of the sprouts. Thirdly, BS have shallow roots and with all that foliage the wind may push it over, damaging the root system. Top dress with compost mid summer and after they are about 3 feet tall sprinkle a handful of dried blood around the root area every 3 weeks. This will give the plant boost of nitrogen that will induce foliage growth. About 2- weeks before frost remove the top growing tip. This will further promote development of the sprouts.

There are several other older threads on the forum about growing BS.

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http://myfolia.com/plants/1470-brussels-sprout-brassica-oleracea-gemmifera-group

http://www.weekendgardener.net/vegetables/brussels-sprouts.htm

http://www.allotment.org.uk/grow-your-own/vegetables/brussels-sprouts

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/veggies/brusselssprouts.cfm

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Post  smalltownfan on 9/3/2012, 3:32 pm

My plants are 32" tall. Some leaves have dried up and fallen off. Just noticed your post camprm, thank you. Composter it is!
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Re: Brussels Sprouts?

Post  llama momma on 9/3/2012, 3:38 pm

A long growing season....didn't know that. Sooo, my "favorite" nursery is going to hear from me. First politely of course....
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Post  camprn on 9/3/2012, 5:23 pm

LM depending on the variety you planted and how the winter progresses, you might be able to overwinter them.

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Post  llama momma on 9/3/2012, 5:32 pm

Thanks the variety is Jade Cross. I sent the geenhouse an email. I'll follow up with a visit later this week if I don't hear back. And maybe all will be fine.
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Post  camprn on 9/3/2012, 6:41 pm

@llama momma wrote:Thanks the variety is Jade Cross. I sent the geenhouse an email. I'll follow up with a visit later this week if I don't hear back. And maybe all will be fine.

you may get some sprouts for Christmas, if the weather holds.
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Post  CindiLou on 9/4/2012, 2:19 am

My Bs are just now starting to form little balls...I am soooo hoping to get a lot rofl I planted 8 plants, and NO one else likes them! So I don't have to share! I hope to lots to eat and lots for the freezer! Last year was the first year I grew them and did not know they took so long! I tore them out in July! After I started researching more last winter I could have kicked myself! So I am patiently waiting


Ps: we grew them as a child but that was a few years ago! So I don't remember nothing about them!
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Post  llama momma on 9/4/2012, 5:45 am

@camprn wrote:
@llama momma wrote:Thanks the variety is Jade Cross. I sent the geenhouse an email. I'll follow up with a visit later this week if I don't hear back. And maybe all will be fine.

you may get some sprouts for Christmas, if the weather holds.
http://myfolia.com/plants/1470-brussels-sprout-brassica-oleracea-gemmifera-group/varieties/4184-jade-cross

Folia is a user wiki group, so the values listed are what the growers have recorded.
Thanks. The more I read about growing it in this area the better it seems. Still want to see what the greenhouse has to say about it.
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Post  FamilyGardening on 9/4/2012, 2:33 pm

well they are staying in the hoops.....even though the hoops are not tall enough for the BS.....they are smooshed up against the telle Razz they are very healthy looking plants.....they have huge thick stocks Shocked

we also have one plant from spring that is in box # 1 SFG that is not covered with telle.......found a nice fat cabbage worm on it and it also has aphids What a Face going to treat it with some organic spray today.....

we have four more growing in our fall bin.....need to make sure the hoops for them are a lot taller cyclops

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Post  llama momma on 9/5/2012, 12:40 pm

I'm glad to report the greenhouse I bought from answered my email and said yes the B. Sprouts should certainly produce before a hard frost arrives in this area. I'm glad they answered and have good news but this ol skeptic is still not totally convinced. Time will tell... and thanks camprn for the growing tips, will give the plants all the help I can.
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Post  FamilyGardening on 9/5/2012, 1:09 pm

there are two sitting side by side....only one is poking out Shocked ...i took him out to take a pic of him and i took off the top center growing area.....





this is the second one that doesnt poke out yet....but after looking close at it i found it to have branched off into three Shocked is that normal??



lower stalk of number 2



3rd one in SFG box #1



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Post  FamilyGardening on 9/5/2012, 1:13 pm

@llama momma wrote:I'm glad to report the greenhouse I bought from answered my email and said yes the B. Sprouts should certainly produce before a hard frost arrives in this area. I'm glad they answered and have good news but this ol skeptic is still not totally convinced. Time will tell... and thanks camprn for the growing tips, will give the plants all the help I can.

glad to hear you should have some sprouts by your hard frost cheers

look forward to any updates as this is our first time growing BS and hubby doesnt want to grow them again What a Face because they take so long and because he doesnt like them either.....LOL.....well...i dont like collard greens but we are growing three of them because hubby likes them.....LOL.....we were having words while watering the gardens last night..... Razz ....wonder what the nighbors think! rofl

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