brussell sprouts - Knowledgebase Question

Leetonia, OH (Zone 5A)
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Question by gferry6464
February 18, 2006
Is there any special needs for starting brussel sprouts indoors?

Answer from NGA
February 18, 2006

Keep the soil moist and warm to get the seeds up and growing quickly. The top of the refrigerator is a good spot for a little extra warmth. Then move them to a room temperature spot with lots of light. To prevent the seedlings from getting lanky stretching toward a window I suggest you set up a shop light fixture with one cool white and one warm white florescent bulb in each fixture. Place the light about 4 inches above the soil surface and move it higher as the plants grow keeping in close (within 3-5 inches) to the top of the plants. This will provide adequate lighting for the growing seeds. Leave the lights on for about 14-16 hours a day. You can purchase a simple plug in timer at home supply stores to turn the lights on and off for you.

Fertile with a soluble plant food at the low label rate once the seedlings have their first true leaf (not the 2 seed leaves that come up first). Keep fertilizing weekly at the low constant feed rate until it is time to move them outside.

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