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Brussels Sprouts, Tasty Nuggets Hybrid

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Sweetest sprouts in our trials!

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78 days to harvest from setting plants out in the garden. These small 1 - 1¼" sprouts look like miniature heads of cabbage. They are tastiest when cooked just to the point of tenderness. The flavor is improved by a few light frosts. Burpee Exclusive. GARDEN HINTS: Grow as a fall crop in the North, as a fall and winter crop in frost free areas. Grows best in cool weather. Pick the lowest sprouts on the stem and remove accompanying leaves, but NOT top foliage.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

78 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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  • Brussels Sprouts

    Brussels Sprouts
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow and Plant

Brussels sprouts may be direct sown or started indoors early for fall and spring crops, or purchased as transplants for a fall crop.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow seeds from spring to early summer in the north; in the south and other frost-free areas, sow from fall to spring.
  • Start seeds indoors about 8 weeks before outdoor planting.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inches deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sow seeds from spring to early summer in the north; in the south and other frost-free areas, sow from fall to spring.
  • Sow in average soil in a sunny location in early spring or in midsummer for a fall crop.
  • In rows 2 feet apart, sow seeds thinly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
  • Keep evenly moist. Water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days.
  • Thin to stand about 24 inches apart when seedlings are 2-3 inches high

Planting from Transplants in Fall:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. Space plants 2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

  • Move plants to a sheltered location outdoors for one week before transplanting into the garden to “harden off.”
  • After the last heavy frost, transplant hardened-off seedlings outdoors to an area with rich, well-drained soil, in full sun. Set them 2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart.
  • While small, floating row covers will help to keep pests at bay.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Brussels sprouts need 1-1 ½ inches of water weekly.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • After a light frost, harvest sprouts 1-1 ½ inches in diameter. Remove only the leaves below the row of sprouts you pick and twist them off stems. Start from the bottom of the plant and work your way up.
  • Harvest as many sprouts as desired.
  • Store harvested sprouts in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.
  • You can blanch or freeze sprouts. To do this, drop into boiling water for 2 minutes, then plunge into cold water to stop the cooking, drain and store in freezer bags or vacuum bags.
  • Brussels sprouts are excellent steamed, roasted and sautéed.
Days To Maturity
78 days
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
12 inches
Height
36 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Life Cycle
Annual
Brussels Sprouts, Tasty Nuggets Hybrid is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from super performer Picked this variety as my first brussels sprouts attempt. Plants grew to be enormous and produced more brussels sprouts than we could eat. The plants need to be staked early and sturdily. My plants were so heavy and tall that they overpowered my stakes.
Date published: 2011-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great plant These are a great plant not just eating but and pretty to. If you live in a windy or storm area like me in Pa. steak the plants because they are up rooted in a summer storm. You will be very happy. P.S. If you never grew brussels before be patient this is a plant for the long haul.
Date published: 2008-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST SPROUTS I have been growing Brussels Sprouts for four years now. I have tried Jade Cross, Long Island Improved, and Tasty Nuggets. Tasty Nuggets far surpasses the others for size and taste. The plants are five to five and a half feet tall with loads of large sprouts. I have been harvesting for about 12 weeks and are still going strong at the end of October. I will definitely plant Tasty Nuggets again next year.
Date published: 2007-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Brussel Sprouts This was the first year (2006) of using this seed in a new site. The plants came on strong initially (April) but produced a low yield and VERY late in the season. Maturity is late on this crop, but no fruit was ready until November. The taste was good, but the yield was disappointing. I will try again this season, but I hope Burpee will develop another variety to try.
Date published: 2007-03-22
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