The Q&A Archives: Brussels Sprouts

Question: Dear Sirs, I have tryed to get my brussel sprout seedlings to grow in Burpee seed starting kits. The problem is they grow real fast and become leggy. What do I need to do? Are brussel sprouts from seeding better to be transplanted near May in Pa? I Have tryed to thin them and put them under a grow light, but to no avail. Any help will be gratefully taken. Thank you for your time and keep up the great work. Your seeds are of good quality and I wish not to waste anymore.

Answer: Brussels sprouts do tend to naturally look a bit leggy by the time they are ready to be conditioned and transplanted to the garden. If grown indoors, the sturdiest transplants will be thinned promptly to one per cell and kept under supplemental lights for about 14 to 16 hours a day. The plants should be just a few inches away from the bulbs. Since these plants are a cool weather crop and yet take a long time to mature and bear, they are usually started in May, planted out in July or August and harvested in the fall. This way they can be harvested after frost when they taste sweetest.

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