How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Brussels Sprouts

Here is a guide on how to plant, grow and harvest Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts is a vegetable that grows in any soil type with neutral soil ph.
It requires full sun with hardiness zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.8.9.10. An excellent source of vitamin it is a member of the cabbage family.
Pests and Diseases
Although Brussels sprouts are hardy plants the are susceptible to many pests and diseases. farmers should use only organic insecticides or non to avoid contaminating the produce. Common pests and diseases are cabbage root maggots and club root. Others include flea beetles, aphids, white mold and downy mildew.
• Cabbage root maggots
• Club-root
• Flea beetles
• Aphids
• White mold
• Downy mildew
Varieties
A popular recipes are cream of Brussels sprouts and Brussels Sprout with dried tomatoes. although there are many types of Brussels sprouts recommended varieties are Oliver, Jade Cross and Valiant.
• Oliver
• Jade Cross
• Valiant
Planting
Seed indoors 2 months or plant directly in soil 16 weeks before first fall frost. Cold season vegetables require raised beds and fertilizer in soil.
There are two ways to plant Brussels sprouts. You can transplant seedlings or sow seeds directly in soil. Approach a plant nursery to acquire seeds.
To plant directly in soil dig 1 inch deep and space 3 inches apart. Transplanting seedlings at 6 inches tall and space 14 to 23 inches apart. Water immediately after transplanting or sowing.

Harvesting and Care
While caring for the plant try to avoid the shallow roots because they damage easy. It is a good practice to fertilize 21 days after transplanting and mulch appropriately.
most farmers harvest stalk when 1 inch in diameter. They then keep in plastic and refrigerate. This will extend the lifespan to 4 days.

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