Brussels Sprouts

Drooping and Discoloured Brussells Sprouts Plants

ashy59 added on June 18, 2011 | Answered

I have recently planted sprout plants, and although at least 3 have seemed to have taken quite well, 6 have wilted and died after the first three leaves went a purple colour and drooped. I believe that my soil is acidic. Could this be the problem, and if so, what can I do to resolve this issue, and why have the other plants not died? Thanks in anticipation.

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Answered on June 22, 2011

It does sounds like a nutrient issue, but not so much acidic soil by itself. Vegetables actually do ok in somewhat acidic soil.

Purple color in the plants indicates a phosphorus deficiency, which can be made worse by acidic soil or cold weather. A severe deficiency could kill the plants. This article will help:

This article will help with lowing the acid:

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