Companion Planting forum: Brussel Sprout companion

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Madison, WI (Zone 5a)
Nov 2, 2015 8:18 PM CST
Is there anything that particularly benefits brussels sprouts? I've never grown them before, but I have a 2'x2' square set aside for 1 brussels sprout plant this year. I want to plant something short around it; thinking maybe beets or lettuce, but I'm wondering if there is a good companion plant.
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Baltimore County, MD (Zone 7a)
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Nov 25, 2015 11:12 AM CST
I used to plant Pyrethrum daisies (Pyrethrum Daisy (Tanacetum cinerariifolium)) amongst my Brassicas. If you have problems with Cabbage Whites, the flowers will act as a deterrent to them. Marigolds are also a good pest-deterrent generally, but I'm not sure if they help with Cabbage Whites specifically.

Lettuce would probably be OK as an edible companion - the shade from the taller plant won't bother it at all, and you can harvest it without affecting the sprouts. I wouldn't plant a root crop like beets there for two reasons: sprouts like a firmly packed soil while root crops need it lighter, and you would disturb the roots of the sprouts if you try to harvest any beets before it's ready.
Madison, WI (Zone 5a)
Apr 1, 2016 10:24 AM CST
Thank you! I will look to see if I can find those daisies anywhere.

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