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November 30th 2018
I have just planted out winter savoy (‘Chieftain’ & ‘January King’) and red cabbage, which were sown on the 4th of November, along with ‘Evesham’ Brussels sprouts, in a seed box. “Why do you sow winter cabbage and Brussels sprouts that early” you might ask?. The reason is, to get a good crop of Brussels sprouts and winter cabbage, they need around 6 months to grow properly and give a good crop.
In the UK we would sow them late May, or early June outside in a seed bed – to be planted out into a rich soil, when around 10cm (4in) high, planting them up to the bottom of their first leaves, for stability and to encourage extra roots from the buried stems. This way they will have plenty of time to grow to a decent size. This is especially important if you want tall productive Brussels sprouts.