when will Brussels sprouts fully form?
Greetings Brussels sprouts growers. I can never get seeds started in summer, but this year I found some Brussels sprouts seedlings at a garden center around labor day. I planted them then in a compost-rich raised bed, kept them under row cover to keep the cabbage moths off, and fertilized with garden tone and fish emulsion. They look fantastic, and I can now see tiny pinkish marks where the sprouts are beginning to form in the leaf axils of the elongating stems. I am, however, worried that time is running out. My question is, how long do the sprouts usually take to form once they get started? I know they are very frost hardy, but now that temps are starting to approach the 30s, should I put the row cover back on anyway to help urge the sprout formation along?
My first frost is typically mid-late November. Thanks for any input--I hate to be so close yet so far to having my own sprouts!