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Old 06-14-2019, 05:43 PM
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I live near Portland,Oregon and it is just now worm enough to plant. I have been preparing garden for last 3 weeks. Tilling to prepare beds. I left a Beet and some Brussels Sprouts over winter and set seeds this year. It is my first time at saving these seeds. Their seed pods are set but not mature. Can anyone tell me how long it takes for these seed pods to mature? I have not been able to locate this info. Help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:24 PM
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Sow Brussels sprouts seeds directly in a prepared garden bed in late summer or early fall. They germinate best when temperatures are around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and prefer cooler weather and full sun. Plant an open-pollinated -- or heirloom -- variety. Hybrid seeds will not produce plants that are true to type or plants that resemble their parents.

Water regularly and fertilize with a side dressing of - to 1-inch of compost monthly. Like all members of the brassica family, Brussels sprouts are heavy feeders.

Harvest about half of the sprouts gently when they are nearly the size of a golf ball. These are long-season plants that can take up to six months to produce mature sprouts.

Cull any plants that are stunted or had low yields. You want to harvest and save the seeds from your healthiest plants.

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Allow the plants to overwinter in your garden if your temperatures get cold but typically remain above 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Brussels sprouts are biennial plants that produce sprouts in the first year and flowers and seedpods in the second year. For flowers to develop, they need a period of cold weather.

Watch for the seed stalk to emerge from the plant in the spring. The pods will ripen from the bottom up and are mature when they start to turn light brown and dry out. Harvesting ripe pods typically happens over a two- to three-week span.

Bring the harvested pods inside and let them completely dry out.

Put the seedpods inside a cloth bag. Here is the fun part: the pods are tough enough that you need to run in place on the bag to break them up and release the seeds.

Separate the seeds from the chaff by pouring small amounts of the seeds and pods from the cloth bag into a basket and winnowing the mixture in front of a fan set on a low speed. Spread a sheet underneath you to catch any seeds that might fall.

Store your custom-grown seeds in a cool, dry location for up to four years.

I will be attempting to save seeds myself this year. They will find a corner along my fence,
Just a bit south of you, I have harvested beets last week, radish a few weeks ago. planted second run of each. Squash is just starting to produce. Tomatoes are golfball plus still green.

peas are doing good had a few samples. Been picking carrots for a few days and have another set going, and will plant a third set in a few days after I take the last of my lettuce

My brussels are 3 feet tall with marble sized sprouts those I have moved and protected from pests.

I had 10 each broccoli and cauliflower but the nutria ate them all but 2.

Most of what I do is container.

I think if you are doing sprouts,broccli,cauli,lettus you should wait several more weeks to get them in a fall harvest or they may just head up straight to flower.
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Beets should be in the ground in early spring, as they will bolt when the temperature gets hot. FYI, deer love Brussels Sprouts.
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