Brussels Sprouts


Brussels sprouts are part of the Brassica plant family, including mustard, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and kale.

The plants produce edible green sprouts that resemble tiny sized cabbages on a thick stalk.

In the mild winter areas of Zones 7, 8, and 9, grow Brussels sprouts in the autumn or wintertime since the crops plants thrive most during cooler weather.

Set Brussels sprouts out as seedlings.

Sprouts need a long, cool weather season to grow into maturity.

In fact, their flavor improves considerably after experiencing a few frost bites from old man winter.

Latin Name:

Brassica oleracea

Common Name(s):

Brussels Sprouts

USDA Hardiness Zone



2-3′ (60 to 90 cm) tall x 8 – 12″ (20-30 cm) W. Sprouts are about 1- 1 ½” (25 to 40 mm) in diameter


Full sun to Partial Shade

Days to Harvest:

Begins about 3 months, from transplant


Named after the city of Brussels, Brussels sprouts were first made popular in Belgium, where they’ve been grown since about 1200.