I was excited about my large new raised beds. It was late in the fall, around November, but I planted some test seeds anyway. One of the things I planted was brussel sprouts. Currently, mid-March, they are quite tall, but attempting to flower. I have been pinching the flowers. Is there any chance of brussel sprouts this season at all? If not, when is best to plant them? We rarely have freezes in our area, but we do get some frost beginning around January.
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Once they have begun flowering, or bolting, the plants are normally no good, at least as far as production goes. Likely they have bolted due to warmer temps, as brussel sprouts require cooler temperatures to head properly. The following article should help with growing these plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/brussels-sprouts/how-to-grow-brussel-sprouts.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/brussels-sprouts/brussel-sprouts-produce-loose-leafed-poorly-formed-heads.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/what-is-bolting-what-it-means-when-a-plant-bolts.htm