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Brussels sprouts

All you Brussels sprout experts, I need some help! Over the last couple of seasons my Brussels have suffered quite a number of 'blown' sprouts, whilst all my other brassicas have performed brilliantly. I know that sprouts must be firmly bedded in the ground to avoid 'wind-shake', and I make sure the soil is well stamped on, and some of the taller plants I stake,but some of the plants still go astray. They are grown at the allotment, which is on the side of a south-facing hill, and I spread Growmore early in the season around the brassica beds. Plants are raised by myself from seed, and I have tried several varieties but the problem still occurs. Should I be using alternative fertilisers, or none at all? Any thoughts out there gratefully received!


  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657
    i,m following this one Pen ,, lots of our allotmenteers also have done the same as you and still they blow,as you say any help is good

    good luck Alan
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 85,981

    I don't grow sprouts nowadays, don't have the space, but this question stirred a memory from a GQT a long time ago - I remembered something about nitrogen as the sprouts are forming - I've Googled and come up with this


    scroll down to Pests and Problems

    hope it helps - let me know next Christmas image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • PentilliePentillie Posts: 411
    Thanks Dove!
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