An Ultimate Guide On Harvesting Brussels Sprouts For A Bountiful Crop
You must have surely come across several lip-smacking dishes of the very popular Brussels sprouts. They are very hard to earn delicacy though as they grow very slowly. However, if you are patient enough, you can get ready for harvesting Brussels sprouts at home with our help.
Let us now give you all info for cultivating a bountiful Brussels crop.
About Brussel plant
The plant is said to have been very popular in the cuisine culture of Ancient Rome back in the 16th century too. With the scientific name ‘Brassica oleracea’, Brussels shares the same family with the Cabbage.
The plant is considered to have originated in the Mediterranean region and is widely grown throughout North American and Europe. It has a rich nutritional value as it contains plenty amount of vitamins like K, C, and A, manganese, carbohydrates, proteins, and dietary fibers. The sprouts are mostly consumed when cooked and they give the best flavor when young.
Some of the plant varieties excellent for cultivation are-
Growing conditions for Brussels
These are some of the essential conditions that are required to support the various brussel sprouts growing stages.
Time for planting the crop
Depending upon the region, you need to plant crops at different times-
Let’s see some other tips for devising plantation timing-
Right way of planting
For harvesting brussel sprouts, some pre-planning is needed and this involves proper planting of the plant at an appropriate location. Let us tell you how to do it:
Method of harvesting Brussels sprouts
This is the most delightful part of the entire process as the cultivator finally gets to take the fruit. One plant of Brussels produces around 100 sprouts in 2-3 months on an average. There are two essentials to this process- when and how?
When to start the harvest
Fall is the best time to harvest Brussels sprouts when few touches of frost have already smothered the plant. The sugar production improves as a result of it and that turns to protect the plant from cold damage. The maturity period of the plant is very long and so you have to be patient as not to start plucking the sprouts at the wrong time.
It is not necessary to harvest the entire crop at once. Pluck out the sprout that has grown and let the others grow. There is no limit to harvesting until the summers come up and then the buds will automatically cease to form.
The buds which are yellowing and slightly opened are the best ones to start picking with. When the buds turn bright green and firm with a size of about 1-1.5 inches, they give the best nutrients and flavor.
How to go about the harvest
After the passage of 80 days since planting, check the crop for matured Brussels sprouts.
The buds follow the bottom-top path when it comes to maturing. This means that the sprouts at the bottom will mature first. Start picking from the bottom and go up as whatever bud you find to be fully grown.
If you are thinking to let all the buds grow together and harvest them in a single go, then look for the stalk that has all matured sprouts. You can either pull this stalk out completely by holding from its top or cut it out by removing all the length as close as it can be to ground. Then you just have to cut or twist the sprouts out from the stalk.
Remember to remove the lower leaves of the picked sprouts as this encourages further growth of new buds. The buds continue to grow until the temperature becomes too low.
The matured sprouts can survive on the plant during frost too. However, you may bury the plant in a straw up till the highest leaves to prevent hard freeze damage. You can harvest the entire harvest and safely store them if you experience constantly dropping temperatures in your region.
Storing the Brussels crop
It is a very important step after harvesting Brussels sprouts as the hard-grown harvests contain your patience and efforts which you wouldn’t want to get wasted. Here are some tips:
Basic care tips
Take note of these:
We are pretty sure that these tips for harvesting Brussels sprouts are going to give you a crop that will last for an entire year. Growing any vegetable all by yourself is an amazing process enriched with satisfaction. Experience it with this guide and eat your favorite Brussels dishes.