When And How To Sow Brussels Sprouts?


Contrary to popular belief, Brussels sprouts do not originate from Belgium but rather from Italy, as do broccoli, palm sprouts or Daubenton cabbage. However, this leafy vegetable was introduced to our Belgian neighbors in the 13th century when it had already been mass cultivated in the 14th century, since 1356.


Brussels Becomes The Cabbage Capital

Over time and to enable the construction of military fortifications, cabbage crops were moved to Saint-Gilles, in the suburbs of Brussels, a city that then became the “capital” of Brussels Sprouts.


As production areas remain however insufficient, Belgian gardeners have been choosing since the 17th century the more compact varieties, which grow in height.


How To Sow Brussels Sprouts?

the unfinished can be made from March to May in terrines placed under shelters or frames. Use a seed drill to scatter the small seeds evenly over the surface of the potting mix, leaving them slightly spaced. Then cover with sifted potting soil.


Then tap gently with a board and finish with a fine rain spray. Thin as needed regularly as it comes out.


When To Plant Them In The Vegetable Garden?

When your Brussels Sprout plants have 4/5 leaves (or 5/6 weeks after sowing), start to harden them off by taking them out during the day.


Then transplant later into the ground, in loosened, aerated and leveled soil. Then place a plant every 50 to 60 cm in the row. If necessary, help yourself with a freelancer for regular planting.


Plant outside in full sun, burying the plant down to the first leaves to help it root and avoid cabbage worm attacks. Rub the soil around with your hands and water well.


To save time, it is possible to skip the sowing stage and buy small seedlings ready for transplanting.



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