Planting Brussels Sprouts Seeds


Starting Brussels sprouts seeds during the late spring to early summer enables gardeners to enjoy this vegetable during the early fall. The germination time for Brussels sprouts is approximately 10 days. Just 1/2 cup of cooked Brussels sprouts contains only 30 calories with vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, folate and protein, according to the University of Illinois.

Traditional Planting Method

Step 1

Fill seed starting containers 3/4 full with potting soil. Seed starting containers can be recycled items, such as cardboard egg cartons.

Step 2

Make a small indention approximately 1/2 inch deep into the center of the potting soil.

Step 3

Place two to three Brussels sprouts seeds into the center of the hole. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of potting soil.

Step 4

Sprinkle water over the planted seeds until the soil is moist to wet. Do not water until the soil is soggy.

Step 5

Cover the containers tightly with plastic wrap. Poke three to six small holes in the plastic wrap for air circulation with a toothpick. Place in a warm, dark location.

Step 6

Remove the plastic wrap when Brussels sprouts seedlings emerge. Move to a sunny location indoors until you are ready to transplant the Brussels sprouts seedlings outdoors.

Seed Pellet Planting Method

Step 1

Remove the plastic lid from the seed-pellet storage tray. Place the seed-starter pellets into the storage tray slots.

Step 2

Fill a 1 gallon pitcher with hot tap water. Pour water into the seed-starter pellet tray wetting all the pellets. Allow to stand for five minutes. Repeat adding water until all of the seed-starter pellets swell and double in size.

Step 3

Tear a small opening in the seed-starter pellet netting in the center. Make a small indention approximately 1/2 inch deep to plant the Brussels sprouts seeds.

Step 4

Place one or two Brussels sprouts seeds into the center of each pellet. Pinch the middle section of the pellet to cover the Brussels sprout seeds with the dirt mixture.

Step 5

Cover the seed-pellet tray with the plastic lid. Place the tray in a dark, warm location. Remove the lid when the Brussels sprouts seedlings appear and place tray in a sunny location until ready to transfer outdoors.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid letting Brussels sprouts experience hard freezes or extremely warm temperatures.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Brussels sprout seeds
  • Seed starting containers
  • Plastic wrap
  • Toothpick
  • Seed starting pellets
  • Tray
  • Lid
  • 1 gallon pitcher
  • Tweezers


  • University of Illinois Watch Your Garden Grow: Brussels Sprouts
  • Garden Action UK: Growing Brussels Sprouts

Who Can Help

  • Nutrition Data: Brussels Sprouts
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Lisha Smith writes for several blogs and has freelanced for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in psychology. Smith has self-published several books. Her areas of experience include gardening, cooking, home improvement, pets and mental health.