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PlantFiles: Brussels Sprouts
Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera 'Bubbles'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea var. gemmifera
Cultivar: Bubbles


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bstnh1 On Feb 18, 2012, bstnh1 from Farmington, NH wrote:

Had excellent success with Bubbles in 2011. Purchased a six pack of Bonnie Plants from Home Depot. Grew fairly tall and I had to stake them later in the season. They produced a huge number of big sprouts and weren't bothered by any insects. The only real problem I had is that I put them in the garden at the end of May and they were ready to harvest long before any frost. Still, I left them in the garden until the beginning of October and they held fine. I froze several batches of them and they freeze well and retain their flavor and crispness very well. Excellent taste - not bitter. Cannot locate seeds for this variety anywhere this year (2012). Bonnie still lists them on their web site, so hopefully I will be able to find them again this year.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 14, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

An F1 Hybrid, seed does not come true. This variety is somewhat tall, giving a good number of medium to large sprouts that are high in flavor. Tolerates hot summers better than most varieties.

Brussels sprouts are best harvested after a frost, so start seed indoor or out about 4 months before average frost date.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lawrenceville, Georgia
Jacksonville, Illinois
Farmington, New Hampshire
Brooklyn, New York

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