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Brussels sprouts zigzag

Posted by woost2 5a WI (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 24, 14 at 12:59

Every year my Brussels sprouts stalks bend at the soil line and then zig and zag back to relative uprightness. This makes it very hard to harvest the lower sprouts. I often don't even bother. I notice the stalks in the CSA farm field behind my house stand up straight and tall. What do you suppose I need to do to correct this?

This is a community garden plot. I generally have 3 plants. It might be spacing, I guess. But I'd think the would be reaching for the light rather than collapsing. Umm...


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RE: Brussels sprouts zigzag

  • Posted by digdirt 6b-7a North AR (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 24, 14 at 13:13

Could be amount of light exposure - they are bending to reach more light. Could also be that the stems were lanky/leggy/too weak to begin with so they bend back and forth in an effort to support the top growth until the stems can strengthen up some.

Could also be excess N stimulating too-rapid top growth for the plant to adjust to.

Dave


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RE: Brussels sprouts zigzag

They are in full sun except where there might be shading from other veg plants. I change beds every year and every year it is the same. I will do some soil tests. Just read they have opinions about pH. The stems are very hefty -- the base gets so big around I have to use a saw to cut it.

Also read they want a lot of feeding during the season. I must admit that except for compost at planting and the odd drizzle of fish/kelp solution, I'm not good at fertilizing.

Just took a walk through the community gardens and past the farm. BS plants left standing through a hellacious winter are STILL standing up straight and tall. My one remaining plant (left for late fall harvest and then ... whammo, way too much snow too soon) is laid flat out.


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