Brussels Sprout ‘Red Bull’ is a British improved selection of ‘Rubine’. The attractive red buttons make a festive addition to your Christmas dinner plate, retaining their color nicely when steamed, with a mild and nutty flavor. The firm, medium-sized sprouts are well spaced for easy picking from late November onwards. Height: 75cm (30″). Spread: 50cm (20″).
Sow Brussels Sprout seed indoors from February. Alternatively direct sow outdoors from March into a well-prepared seedbed, for transplanting to their final positions later on. Sow at a depth of 13mm (1/2″) and distance of 30cm (12″) between rows. Indoors, sow seed in 7.5cm (3″) pots or trays of free-draining, seed sowing compost, and cover with a 6mm (1/4″) layer of vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 15C (60F) until germination which takes around 7 days. Once germinated, grow Brussels Sprouts in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and plants are large enough to be transplanted. Gradually acclimatize them to outdoor conditions over 7 – 10 days before planting Brussels Sprout plants outdoors in the firm, rich fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Prepare the soil in advance in early spring by adding plenty of well-rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Plant brassicas at a distance of 60cm (24″) apart and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attacks from birds and insects. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.