Brussels Sprouts

Asked June 11, 2020, 1:15 PM EDT

I live just outside Baltimore. I want to plant some Brussels Sprouts for a fall crop. I know they like the cooler temps, so I am worried if I plant now they will bolt before really producing. Is it ok to plant some seeds outside now (June 11 today)? Or should I try to plant some and keep them inside under grow lights to avoid the heat? If so, when would be ideal to put the transplants out?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Hi- either way is ok to do this week or next week. The advantage to direct sowing now is that you can avoid transplant shock. The downside is the need to thin seedlings and protect them from insect pests, perhaps with a floating row cover. If you start seeds inside the transplants will be ready in 4-6 weeks depending on growing conditions.

Plants should not bolt.