Brussel sprouts in containers?

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Kilmory

Brussel sprouts in containers?

Our garden is not big enough to grow sprouts if we want vegetables through the summer and I'm thinking of growing them in containers.

Has anyone on here tried this with any success?

Kilmory

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Welshcookie

Brussel sprouts

Sadly, I think you will be disappointed if you grow them in containers. They need very firm ground or the sprouts will be 'blown'. OK if you don't mind eating little cabbages, but not firm like normal sprouts.

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Welshcookie

Brussels

PS. They have a very long growing season. Some, sown now will not be harvested until the Early Spring. For containers you need quick maturing crops. Salads, French Beans, carrots, flowers, courgettes, etc.

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sam from worthing

Sprouts

Welshie is right.

You need good hard heavy soil for sprout growing sadly containers are not suitable.

You can grow for winter veggies spinach, kale and broccoli in a container as a wonter veg - I have also grown parsnip and carrots, but you do need to put some sharp sand int he coantainers to make the good compost more compacted.

and you will need to make sure they are watered more frequently than if grown direct in the ground.

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sam from worthing

sprouts

but saying that - you do hint that you do have some garden space - its just it will be with summer veggies - you can raise sprout plants in deep containers then in september - transplant and dig them into the ground after really digging in some good compost (grass cuttings windfall leaves etc).

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Welshcookie

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Bit of a contradiction here. Do not put sprouts in ground that has been disturbed recently. Digging in anything will not be a good idea, though mulching is good.

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Kilmory

Brussel sprouts in containers?

Thank you both for your replies, perhaps I won't even try as I'm not even sure how many plants I would need to make it worthwhile for 2 of us.

I have several plastic containers, 24 inches square and 24 inches deep and some potato bags which I thought might be suitable if filled with the heavy soil we have here and garden compost. Last autumn when the runner beans etc. finished I planted some brocolli plants which have done very well in the ground, so perhaps I'll do that again this year.

Thanks again. Kilmory

 
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