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Silvia Brussels Sprouts Seeds

Silvia Brussels Sprouts Seeds

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Brussels sprouts have made a delicious comeback! Thanks to great breeding and the creative genius of chefs everywhere, Brussels sprouts are now a must have veggie on our plates. "Silvia" is an excellent choice for those gardeners who want to try their hand at growing something a little bit more challenging. With good soil, watering, and timing, these Brussels sprouts will jazz up any fall feast. "Silvia" boasts high resistance to Fusarium Yellows (Foc)(YR), intermediate resistance to Blackrot (Xcc), and high tolerance to bolting.
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  • Variety Info
  • Sowing Info
  • Growing Info

Variety Info

Days to Maturity: 103 days

Family: Brassicaceae

Native: Europe

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial; will tolerate temperatures to about 10°F.

Exposure: Full sun

Plant Dimensions: 20"-24" tall

Variety Info: 1"-1 ½", blue-green orbs that look like tiny cabbage heads, and grow tightly and densely against the main trunk of the plant. The cluster of leaves at the top of the plant give it a palm-tree-like look.

Attributes: Frost Tolerant

Sowing Info

When to Sow Outside: 4 months before your average first fall frost date, when soil temperature is at least 40°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside, or about 4 months before your average first fall frost date so sprouts mature in cool weather. In mild climates, sow in fall for harvest in late winter and early spring. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 60°-85°F.

Days to Emerge: 5-10 days

Seed Depth: 1/4"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"

Row Spacing: 24"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"

Growing Info

Harvesting: Brussels sprouts start maturing from the bottom of the plant to the top. Buds should be picked when they are firm and about the size of a large cherry, between 3/4" and 1" in size. Break off the leaf just below the buds and snap or cut off the sprout. Brussels sprouts can be left in the garden through a freeze, which sweetens the flavor.

Special Care: Mulch around the base of plants to keep soil moist and minimize weeds. About a month before the first expected hard freeze, top the plant by cutting off the growing tip. This directs all the plant's energy into maturing the remaining sprouts. To exclude flea beetles and other pests, use row covers at planting time. It is a good idea to rotate brassica crops annually so they are not grown in the same area for 3 years to prevent the buildup of diseases in the soil.