10. Support for Tall Varieties: Some Brussels sprouts varieties can grow quite tall. Consider staking or supporting the plants to prevent them from toppling over during windy conditions.
11. Pest Management: Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids, caterpillars, and cabbage worms. If needed, use organic pest control methods or introduce beneficial insects to manage pest populations.
12. Remove Yellowing Leaves: As the plants grow, remove any yellowing or damaged leaves to promote healthier growth and discourage disease.
13. Harvesting: Brussels sprouts take 90-120 days to mature. Harvest the sprouts when they are firm and about 1-2 inches in diameter. Start picking from the bottom of the stalk and work your way up.
14. Frost Tolerance: Brussels sprouts become sweeter after exposure to light frost. In milder climates, you can leave the plants in the ground during the winter months and harvest as needed.
15. Crop Rotation: To prevent the buildup of pests and diseases, practice crop rotation by not planting Brussels sprouts in the same spot year after year.
By following these steps, you can grow your own delicious Brussels sprouts right in your backyard. Enjoy the fresh, homegrown taste and the satisfaction of successfully nurturing your plants from seed to harvest.