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    Hello all! Been a while.

    my sprouts are not sprout-ing

    at the moment I am growing cabbages-on-stilts

    they went back in may(?) and are probably too close together. Is there any way of persuading them to sprout sprouts?


  • #2
    Might not be something you want to try with all of them, just in case, but what do you think might happen if you cut the top off one to see what happens?

    Sorry to use you as an experiment, but at least you/we'd know for next time.

    Nice to see you back, by the way. Hope things are going well.
    Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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    • #3
      I don't know the answer bikermike but I do know sprout tops taste very good.
      Location....East Midlands.

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      • #4
        Do the stilts have leaves on? Or are the leaves only at the top,I wonder what they look like? Maybe they’re just being slow to produce the sprouts,some are ready to pick later than others.
        Location : Essex

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        • #5
          In order to produce firm sprouts the plants need very firm ground and stakes to prevent wind rock.
          Gardening requires a lot of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. Lou Erickson, critic and poet

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          • #6
            Thanks all! Nice to be back.
            interesting re wind-rock, they've always sprouted before, and I can't see their current location being any windier, but it's something to try.
            I'll also take the top off one to see. They indeed do taste good

            Mike

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            • #7
              I have the same, not sure why, cabbages on a stick, not enough for Christmas . Probably too close together, maybe next year fewer plants will result in more sprouts.

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              • #8
                Cabbage kebabs?
                probably too close together. I put shorter brassicas round the edge (cauli) but they grew late and up this year...

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                • #9
                  The sprout plants I interplanted in the Charles Dowding manner haven't done anything like as well as the sprouts set apart at the usual distance with no undercropping. Perhaps they don't like the competition. I might interplant with very low-lying flowers next year and see how that goes.
                  Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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                  • #10
                    I interplanted calendula amongst sprouts the last time I grew them next to the shed,uncovered,I don’t really like the look of netting in the garden. There were less aphids & moth/caterpillar eggs next to the flowers,I think the scent might’ve helped. I grew French marigolds interplanted with sprouts under netting years ago,it felt weird having net over flowers,bees couldn’t get in but also those flowers are lower growing compared to the taller calendula,the calendula can drape itself around the sprout plant. Any strong scented flower could disguise the scent a bit.
                    Location : Essex

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