PlantsBrassicas→Brussels Sprouts (Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera 'Long Island Improved')

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Water Preferences: Mesic
Dynamic Accumulator: P (Phosphorus)
Ca (Calcium)
S (Sulfur)
Mn (Manganese)
Zn (Zinc)
Cu (Copper)
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self

Seedlings with first true leaves.

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Location: Norfolk, VA (USDA zone 8a)Date: 2012-03-18Halved Brussels sprouts, loose heads due to growth in sandy soil
By bitbit
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2013-11-23Grown in light, loose, well-amended soil.
By chelle
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Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
By vic
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 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
By Joy
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Courtesy Annie's Heirloom Seeds
By vic
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Posted by bitbit (Baltimore County, MD - Zone 7a) on Sep 19, 2013 12:05 AM

More than most Brassicas, Brussels sprouts are dependent on the soil type to produce properly. In soil that is not sufficiently compacted, sprouts will be loose and leafy rather than tight and round. For illustration of this, compare photos submitted by vic (tight sprouts) to the one from bitbit (looser sprouts). However, flavor is not affected, so you can grow tasty Brussels sprouts even if your garden, like mine, is built on sandy soil.

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