Vegetable Growing : Brussel Sprouts
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Our sprouts are doing rather well (see pic). At the top are cabbage-size growths. Is all this greenery edible (leaves and centres). Sure seems a shame to waste it.
westerlyvisions, Westport, Co Mayo Posted: 12/11/2011
The tops of Brussels sprouts are edible but strongly flavoured. The sprouts themselves are really just buds and not as strong .... but still too strong for some tastes.
My Brussel sprouts are still quite small and on a few plants, the sprouts are only half formed. Will they still grow at this time of year? Can I still leave them in the ground in the hope that they will increase in size?
RayD, Limerick, Co Limerick Posted: 11/10/2011
It may be that the seeds were sown a bit late and the plants are running out of time. But they will grow and develop for a while yet and even into winter on fine days. Leave them be and see ho wthy get on.
What causes black spots on brussel sprout leaves . Starts at the bottom leaves and works it's way up.
Bawnboy, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 16/09/2011
That is leaf spot disease which affects the older leaves most and plants in a sheltered area too.
There is no remedy for home gardeners, except to remvoe some lower leaves to allow air movement.
For the second year my sprout plants have all bolted grown really large and the young sprouts have all bursted open what could be the cause?
Joesunny, Athlone, Co Westmeath Posted: 08/08/2011
You are probably using too much compost, too rich, too high in nitrogen.
Apply some potash in winter or spring and firm the soil before planting.
I was thinking of growing brussels sprouts again this year despite the disaster with pests I had 2 years ago. In short, every bug known to man attacked my crop which put me right off planting them again.
My plan this year is to start the brussel sprouts off in the glasshouse (as before) and when I plant them out, l was going to cover the plants with that light white fleece to keep the pests off. My questions are simple in that (i) will the fleece protect my crop from the usual pests & (ii) will the fleece do any damage or stunt the growth of the crop?
RayD, Limerick, Co Limerick Posted: 06/12/2010
While it can be done, there is no need to raise Brussels sprouts in a greenhouse. The seeds can be sown outdoors in March. They can be covered as you wish with fleece and it will do no harm to the plants. it will prevent pests if the cover has no gaps.
all brassicas cut at butt
About 3 rows out from hedge all bassicas are being cut off at ground level, I think it might be cutworm, but the plants are feft lying there and are not being eaten. Would cardboard circular cutouts at ground level stop this mayhem ?
ei3fx, Garryfine, Bruree, Co Limerick Posted: 08/05/2010
If it is cutworm, which seems likely, you will find them at the stem just below soil level and simply remove them. They do not venture on the surface as it is too dangerous.