My Brussels sprouts plant do not produce large sprouts. What can I do to...

Asked July 28, 2014, 11:49 PM EDT

My Brussels sprouts plant do not produce large sprouts. What can I do to increase the yield? I have purchased the plants from the same nursery location for the last 3 years and have planted them in 3 different garden locations. The sprouts barely get to pea size or sometimes larger but then they don't form tight heads.

Hennepin County Minnesota

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Our publication on growing cole crops has some good information for you. The general information on soil, fertilizing, water, etc. applies to all cole crops including your brussels sprouts. However, further down there is a section on when to pinch back the top to promote larger sprouts and when/how to harvest. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/vegetables/growing-cole-crops-in-minnesota-home-gard...