Growing Brussels sprouts

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23 Jan 20 (New Zealand - temperate climate)
My Brussels sprouts plants have a purple tinge on the stems. Are they deficient in some trace element? They also seem to be shedding the bottom leaves which have turned yellow .
27 Jan 20 anon (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Sprouts are more a winter thing than Summer I thought. I don't know about cool climate requirements.
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