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Old 07-07-2017, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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Is anyone growing Brussel sprouts? I'm growing them, Jade Cross, for the first time this year and have looked on line for information and have found some sites saying to remove the lower 6-8 leaves when you see sprouts starting to grow, others don't say anything about doing that. I see pictures loaded with sprouts with no leaves on them, looking like they were all but the top leaves, stripped off. Can't figure out how exactly care/prune/grow these new plants.


Can anyone well versed in BS give me a little advice?
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:22 AM
 
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I never remove any leaves unless they are getting yellow or moldy. How can the plant grow without leaves? Are they just removing the leaves in winter after the growing season is over? They are easy to grow, but watch closely for aphids. Feed throughout growing season with manure, and water the soil not the leaves as much as possible.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:12 PM
 
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I agree with the above poster. I never removed the leaves.
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Old 07-12-2017, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I didn't on on brussel sprouts, but it is common to do it with okra. Once the pods start to form, the plant has all the energy it needs, and forcing it to put it into the pods makes more than if the leaves remain and it continues to try to grow leaves.

My guess is that it would work on brussel sprouts, and have a side effect of making them slightly less attractive to cabbage worms.
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Old 07-13-2017, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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Thanks to all for the input.

It was suggested just to remove the bottom 6-8 leaves.

Cabbage moths, I believe, are making my plants look like Swiss cheese.
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