The Q&A Archives: Hastening Brussels Sprout Development

Question: What is the best way to grow brussels sprouts in my area? They are always small.

Answer: Brussels sprouts do best in areas with cool summers and mild winters -- they are a long-season crop whose growing season often gets cut short in northern gardens. One technique that may help your sprouts size up is to prune off the leafy top of the plant in late summer, so the plant directs its energy to the sprouts rather than to growing taller. Some growers also remove the lower leaves, so sunlight will reach the developing sprouts.

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