Brussels Sprouts

Brassica oleracea var. Gemmifera | Also known as: Brussels sprout | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

The Belgian's gave us Belgian chocolate, they also gave us Brussels Sprouts. Which do you prefer?

Almost obligatory to have with Christmas dinner, Brussels Sprouts do tend to be a ‘love ‘em or hate ‘em’ vegetable. However, the dark green leaves of Brassica oleracea var. Gemmifera means they’re a wonderful source of nutrition for us humans. They do require some TLC to successfully cultivate. Plant in full sunlight and protect from any early frosts, as this will cause them considerable damage.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.5 - 0.7
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-11
Heat zone
  • H6-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 60
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Vegetables
Grown for
  • Culinary use
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Outdoor food
Garden type
  • Kitchen garden
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 1 to 2 years
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Brussels Sprouts 'Hilds Ideal'

PLANTS Brassica oleracea var. Gemmifera 'Hilds Ideal'

Brassica oleracea convar. fruticosa var. Gemmifera 'Hilds Ideal' is an edible variety commonly known as Brussels Sprout ‘Hilds Ideal’. The small round green sprouts grow tightly packed around an upright stem. They look rather like small cabbages. Sprouts are thought to have originated in Belgium in the 13th century. Over cooking can result in an unpleasant odour and a mushy consistency. Plant sprouts in a good sunny location with well-drained soil.