This is only my second year, so I am still
On impulse, I bought some brussels sprouts seedlings,
but I don't much about planting them.
They are going in 10-litre (2.5 gal) buckets.
How many per bucket would be good?
And, for some reason, I suspect that these might become
some sort of vines(?) Should they be trained upward on
a vertical stake (like beans)? Any links are
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They are big plants. I've never grown them in containers but I
wouldn't be surprised if 2.5 gallons is kind of small for one. They
sometimes fall over a bit but the leaves keep the sprouts off the
ground. Mine were transplanted outside last May and are bearing now in
Ohio. They taste better after they've been in a frost, which they
On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 19:20:27 -0800, Antipodean Bucket Farmer
That is too small for sprouts. The plants get quite huge. You can
plant them individually in very large tubs and you will be ok.
They need no support as they grow with thick, upright stems. Do keep
after them for cabbage moths, though. Usually a good hose-down on the
undersides of the leaves helps, as does hand picking of the
I gave up on trying to grow them in smaller tubs and put them in the
downstairs garden this year & just as they were getting full sprouts,
a groundhog took them right down to the stems...all 4 plants.
Brussels grow to about 3 to 4 ft high, and need about 12-18" of clearance
all around. They're kind of top-heavy when mature, so you need a wide base
pot. I grew them this year, and they got mutilated by cabbage moths (as did
my cabbage. Grrrrrr). Next year I'm putting all my cole crops under netting.
From what I hear, they don't make proper little tight Brussels sprouts
unless the plants are treaded well into the ground, they like a heavy
soil. Otherwise, you get large, open, floppy, cabbage-like sprouts.
I read here that the size of the plants is 3-4 ft high ?? are those BS trees
? I live in the land of BS where plants are typical 1.5 ft high and they are
a typical "winter" crop many times they are harvested when it is already
freezing outside .. and indeed they thrive best on heavy clay like soils
like abundantly available around Brussels :-) When grown hard the plants
produce compact small closed cabbage-like "fruits"
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