When Should You Prune Brussels Sprouts?
Brussel sprouts are not known to grow well without any leaf cover. They need some protection from sun and wind during their early growth stage. If there is no leaf cover, then they will get scorched easily by the summer heat and may even die. So it’s always better to leave them alone than let them burn up!
The best time to prune your Brussels sprouts is in late spring or early summer. The reason why you want to prune them now is because they have just started their flowering period and it’s time for them to start producing new shoots.
The next season, you’ll see a big increase in production if you don’t prune them too much at all.
If you’re worried about getting burned by the hot weather, then you can wait until autumn. Then it’s going to be cooler and the temperature won’t rise so high.
However, if you still want to prune your Brussels sprouts in summer, then that means that you have other things to worry about like pests attacking your plants.
What Should You Do With Your Brussels Sprouts?
At this point, you want to wait until your sprouts have grown bigger. The next thing that you need to do is start harvesting them. Normally, the leaves will be green and firm to the touch. If you pick them when they’re green and leave them alone, then the sprouts will keep growing. But if the leaves start getting yellow or purple, then it means that they’re starting to get old and it’s time for a fresh set of leaves to grow. At this point, all you need to do is wait for new leaves to grow and then leave them alone again.
One thing that you also need to do is dig around the base of the plant. You want to try to loosen up the soil a bit.
This will provide the roots with a fresh supply of nutrients and they will, in turn, send out new shoots quicker. When you keep digging around the roots, it keeps them from getting too settled and helps them grow even longer.
It’s important that you only prune the leaves. Otherwise, you could really mess up your plant.
It can cause it to stop producing sprouts or even stop flowering altogether.
Have You Ever Had A Problem With Your Brussels Sprouts?
There are a few problems that can occur when you grow your sprouts. One of the most common ones is yellowing leaves. A lot of people wonder what causes this and it’s actually pretty easy to figure out. If your leaves start turning yellow and they aren’t due for pruning, then it means that there’s some type of pest infestation going on. This can be from either insects or slugs depending on the time of year and what types are common in your region.
If you catch the problem early enough, then you can use some strong pesticides to kill off the pests. Then after a few days you should see new leaves starting to sprout and re-generate your plant.
Another common problem is if your plants just start dying for no apparent reason. This can be for a variety of reasons, but it’s always important that you don’t give up on growing them.
Try transplanting the sprouts to a new location. They may have been planted in an area that didn’t have the right type of soil or they may have been planted too deep. It could also just be that they weren’t getting enough sunlight.
Hopefully, your sprouts will turn out to be just fine. Just remember to keep an eye on them throughout the rest of the season and maintenance will be a snap.
Just be sure to give them water when necessary, but don’t over water. The soil should be damp, not soaked.
Sprouts Are Not Just For Eating!
You can also sprout a lot of different types of seeds for other purposes. One that you may want to look into is alfalfa sprouts.
When you sprout these you’ll find that they have a sweet flavor and are also packed full of nutrients. Almond sprouts are also popular among those that like to grow their own food. Another thing you can do is mix a bunch of different seeds together and just sprout them all at the same time. This can give you a wide variety of different sprouts for salads and other dishes.
In fact, growing sprouts isn’t just for eating. They’re also great for a lot of other things too.
They can be used as a natural food dye and can even be used for natural perfumes and incense. Many people also enjoy growing them just for plain old decoration. They make a lovely addition to any home or garden.
Whatever you decide to do with your growing sprouts, you’re sure to have a wonderful time and you’ll love the fact that you know exactly where they came from. No more worries about where that came from or how it was grown.
You can take pride in the fact that you took something simple like a bean or seed and turned it into a nutritious and delicious treat for yourself, your family, and even your pets.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to sprouts and there are literally hundreds of different types that you can grow at home. You just need to decide how far you want to take this project.
However, even if you just want to try your hand at growing a few different types, it’s a great experience and one that you’ll find yourself enjoying thoroughly. Enjoy yourself and have fun!
My Favorite “Go To” Sprouts
If you’re interested in just getting started with sprouting, here are a few of my favorite types of seeds that seem to work with just about every sprouter available. As I mentioned earlier, these are all very common and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them at your local grocery store or supermarket.
Broccoli: These are great to use in salads and sandwiches. They have a delicious and pleasant flavor and they’re very easy to sprout.
Alfalfa: These are a little bit pricey compared to the other varieties, but they’re worth it. They have a light flavor that’s a little bit sweet.
Bean: These are my all time favorite. I just love the taste.
They’re great in salads and added to sandwiches.
Cabbage: These take a little longer to sprout than most, but they’re definitely worth the wait. They have a mild flavor that’s great in salads and stir fries.
Radish: These are great for when you want something a little bit spicy. They take relatively little time to sprout and have a pleasant flavor.
Those are just a few of my favorites and there are many more out there. You can grow these as starters (instead of eating them) and then when they get long enough you can eat them like mangos!
Good luck and happy sprouting!
You now have more than enough information to get started on your own home grown food adventure. All you need to do now is go out and buy your first set of seed sprouters.
I really hope that you’ll give growing your own sprouts a try. It’s so easy and fun and the taste is wonderful!
You’ll never want to buy sprouts from the store again.
Are you ready to get started?
Please take the time to read through our guide from beginning to end. Once you feel like you have a good grasp on the basics, it’s time to go shopping for your first set of sprouters.
Make sure to come back here to ask any questions and to share your own experiences and recipes!
P.P.S Make sure to take the Sproutman’s Un-Cookbook out of the library too!
It’s a great resource for growing and cooking with sprouts.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Vegetable trimming apparatus by YR Akesson – US Patent 3,400,740, 1968 – Google Patents
Vegetable trimming machine by H Elmer – US Patent 2,858,866, 1958 – Google Patents
Field Srudies of Powdery Mildew (Erysiphe crucifearum on Brussels Sprouts by GR Dixon – Plant Pathology, 1974 – Wiley Online Library
Cauliflower stem trimming machine by TH Guilford – US Patent 3,490,506, 1970 – Google Patents