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Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera
Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera
Common Name(s): Brussels sprouts
Categories: Fruits and Vegetables
A cool-season vegetable that is not as adaptable as broccoli. Prefers cool, moist conditions and has a long growing season. Can tolerate much lower temperatures than other cabbage crops.
Botanical Pronunciation: BRAS-ee-ka
Common Pests and Diseases
Caterpillars, and aphids on stressed plants that suffer from a lack of moisture and nutrients. Downy mildew and black rot on seedlings in warm, moist weather.
Sprouts are ready to be picked four to five months after transplanting. Strip lower leaves if the sprouts are small. Yield: Six to nine plants should be sufficient for a family of four persons. Sow every four weeks to prolong the harvest.
Brussels sprouts has a long growing season. Can tolerate much lower temperatures than other cabbage crops. Tall, upright-growing plants reaching to 500mm in height. The sprouts are borne along the stem.
Feed the plants with nitrogen fertilizer once a month.
Sow seeds from mid- to late summer in seed trays and transplant seedlings . Plant 600mm apart in the row. when they reach a height of 100â€“150mm, Brussels sprouts grows best in well-drained, medium to heavy clay soils that have been well prepared with large quantities of general fertilizer, manure and compost.
The plant requires well-drained, medium to heavy clay soils that have been well prepared with large quantities of general fertilizer, manure and compost.