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When to top brussels sprouts

Brussels sprout headed too young

I'm still figuring out the best time to top brussels sprouts to promote sprout formation. In previous years, I've topped them too late (November), so it didn't do much good. This year, though, I'm pretty sure I topped too early, as you can see in the image above --- the sprouts on the topped plants are turning into new shoots instead of bulking up into edible mini-cabbages.

Young brussels sprout

Luckily, I only topped a few of the biggest plants. In contrast, smaller, untopped plants are bulking up sprouts as usual. So maybe I should have topped in early October instead of mid September. Next year....



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