Brussels sprouts - timing

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whaleroad

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Brussels sprouts - timing
« on: September 19, 2022, 18:25 »
My calculations put my sprouts as being ready after... ahem, yuletime. But they are just starting to show little nubbins. How long does it take to get from nubbins to harvestable sprouts? Might they actually be ready by... the C word?

One or two of them have also been plagued by horrid grey aphids. I've blasted them off with the hose, but sooner or later the water on the allotment is going to be switched off. Is there another way to keep them at bay?

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Re: Brussels sprouts - timing
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2022, 09:51 »
It's still a little while until the 25th, so you should get a few from the bottom of the storks by then I expect. I think the smaller they are the nicer anyway!

Wish I could help with the grey powdery aphids, but I have the same problem, although they are only on one plant!

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Re: Brussels sprouts - timing
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2022, 19:37 »
The RHS has some advice on mealy aphids here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/biodiversity/mealy-cabbage-aphid
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Re: Brussels sprouts - timing
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2022, 09:32 »
I think I've mentioned this before when I intend plant out my brassicas plants I always spray them prior to planting and I found this helps and if I see aphids appearing on the plants at a later stage then I spray at once and repeat if needed till the aphids are gone I have used my own garlic spray mix and try to use an organic spray where possible that's how we keep my brassicas including our sprout clear of aphids  but I think a general rule of thumb is to use environmental netting that stops these pests in the first place and although we have gone with environment netting on some brassicas beds  I'm afraid to say its not a cheep option anyway hope this helps



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