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Brussels sprouts should be called frosty plants because they are primarily a fall crop and actually do best after a light fall frost. A member of the cabbage family, Brussels sprouts are somewhat hard to grow.
Propagation: direct seeded and transplanted
When to plant: seed in May, transplant in July for fall crop
Fertilizer: Liquid water soluble or 10-10-10 side-dressed after transplanting
Start seed indoors or in garden in beds in May. Transplant into the garden in July. Keep well watered, weeded, and inspect for pests. Frost improves the flavor of Brussels sprouts.
Pests: It does not have many pests, except for some beetles.
Harvest: Allow buds to remain on plants until after frost and then harvest often, starting with the bottom buds.
Storage: Can be kept in root cellar and cool basement in boxes or does well frozen.