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Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera group Group) ‘Nelson’

Brussels sprouts

  • Botanical name: Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera group Group) 'Nelson'
  • Common name: Brussels sprouts
  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

Brussels sprouts often get a bad press, being renowned for being the over-cooked vegetable left on plates after Christmas Dinner. However, when cooked properly, Brussels sprouts have a delicate, nutty flavour, and taste delicious when used in stir fries and warm winter salads.What’s more, they taste much better when eaten fresh, so there’s no excuse not to grow your own.

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Sow in late spring and plant out in early summer. Firm the soil well around the plant to prevent wind rock. Keep plants well watered and net, if necessary, to prevent bird damage. Harvest after the first frosts for a sweeter flavour.

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‘Nelson’ is an early maturing Brussels sprout, which bears masses of evenly sized dark green, sweet button sprouts. Plants are vigorous and remain upright for easy picking.

How to grow Brassica 'Nelson'

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

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Harvest
Harvest

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Brassica 'Nelson' and wildlife

Brassica 'Nelson' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Brassica 'Nelson' poisonous?

Brassica 'Nelson' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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