Brussels sprouts looks like a baby cabbages. Brussels sprouts can be naturally grown vertically without support, making the plant a suitable addition to a space-saving container garden. Actually this plant grows best in cool weather, and it can fail to form sprouts if the weather is too hot. The plant take about ninety days to produce sprouts, so most gardeners normally plant them in early summer for a fall crop or in early spring so they can mature before the heat of summer.
How to Grow Brussels sprouts in Containers
To grow Brussels sprouts fill a 12-inch diameter, 12-inch deep pot with potting soil. You need to mix 1 1/2 tablespoons of 14-14-14 slow-release fertilizer into the potting mix. You have to water the soil until the excess moisture begins to drain from the bottom of the pot.
You can plant 1 Brussels sprout seedling in the pot setting it at the same depth it was growing at in its previous container. You need to place the pot in a location that receives full day sunlight immediately after planting them.
Make sure you feel the soil in the container at least once a day. Also make sure you water when the top one inch of soil feels dry. Normally soil dries out more quickly in a container, and Brussels sprouts plant need daily watering during dry or hot weather.
You can dissolve one tablespoon of 15-30-15 soluble fertilizer in one gallon of water. You have to water the Brussels sprouts with the solution every 2 weeks, beginning about 6 weeks after transplanting. Don’t forget that frequent watering leaches fertilizer from the container, which means regular reapplications ensure that the Brussels sprouts plant gets the necessary nutrients to produce well.
Pull off the bottom 6 to 8 leaves on the Brussels sprouts plant’s stalk when it begins to develop sprouts, this allows the Brussels sprouts plant to focus more energy on sprout development. You can easily cut off the top of the stalk below the growing point near the tip, when the sprouts are forming.
You can twist the Brussels sprouts plant from the main stalk when they reach their mature size of one to two inches in diameter. Harvest the Brussels sprouts plant from the bottom of the stalk and work up as the sprouts mature. The lower sprouts normally mature earlier than the top ones.
Some of The Things You Will Need
The following are the things you will need; 12-inch diameter pot, Potting soil, Shears, 14-14-14 slow-release fertilizer, 15-30-15 soluble fertilizer.
Furthermore, the container-grown Brussels sprouts plants are less prone to pests and diseases. Make sure you wash your hands and gardening tools before working with the plants to further minimize the pest problems. The most common pests are Aphids, you can easily rinse off the foliage with a sharp spray of water.