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Long Valley, NJ
GrandpaGarden
Jun 5, 2020 5:57 PM CST
Hi. I have experienced virtually no success in growing Brussels sprouts. I have tried planting them inside as well as directly in the ground outdoors, with very little success for several years. Are there any things that I need to be particularly careful of in order to get a good germination and growth? I was a little concerned that I might be planting them either too deeply; or too shallow; placing them at only 1/4" depth seems like a slight challenge to me. On the other hand I usually am quite successful with my vegetables, most plants are pretty forgiving as far as depth of planting is concerned. I appreciate any help that you can provide me on this.
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DaisyI
Jun 5, 2020 7:03 PM CST
Welcome!

Personally, I don't think its possible to grow Brussel Sprouts in a home garden unless you live in the right place. The right place is coastal California and a small portion of NW Washington state.
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sallyg
Jun 5, 2020 8:50 PM CST
Brassicas can be tricky due to sensitivity to day length and temperatures. Try this link for starters. ( I don't even try broccoli/cauli/sprouts)

https://www.johnnyseeds.com/gr...
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Altheabyanothername
Jun 5, 2020 9:15 PM CST
I always found it helpful to buy the seedlings for plants I had difficulty starting from seed. Brussel sprouts and brocoli were ones that I would buy seedlings of...I do not remember the seedlings being difficult to grow. Always seemed like the brussels would barely be able to finish before the cold weather hit, but they did. Seedlings can be an option on some plants.

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Long Valley, NJ
GrandpaGarden
Jun 6, 2020 7:48 AM CST
Thank you for your help on my Brussels sprout issue. Good news and not so good new; I.e. they are intrinsically a little difficult and fussy re growing conditions, but there is hope😁. I am definitely going to plan on getting seedlings in the future...but also keep on experimenting and tweaking what I'm doing.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Jun 6, 2020 10:05 AM CST
That's the spirit!! Hurray!
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Long Valley, NJ
GrandpaGarden
Jun 6, 2020 11:06 AM CST
Thank you for your help on my Brussels sprout issue. Good news and not so good new; I.e. they are intrinsically a little difficult and fussy re growing conditions, but there is hope😁. I am definitely going to plan on getting seedlings in the future...but also keep on experimenting and tweaking what I'm doing.

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