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Growing Brussels sprouts

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24 Jun 10 (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
my brussels sprouts have grown beautifully and I couldn't stop from harvesting a few large green leaves and shreading them - lightly steaming and enjoying them as another 'vegie". No sign of sprouts on the stem yet and plants are about 30cm high and vigorously healthy--the centre seems to be loosely forming into a "little cabbageish head", should I pick this to promote sprouts forming on stem or would this be not a good idea----HELP---I havn't grown these before.
20 Mar 12 (Australia - temperate climate)
apparently ive heard if you cut the top of the plant dies unsure just let them grow naturally
30 Jun 10 Paul (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm in exactly the same boat except mine are half your size. mine are doing the same thing. I gently peeled it back and saw another yellow leaf forming. I'm pretty sure it's the start of a sprout. As this is my 1st attempt as well.....my theory is let it grow and see what happens (I'll still "stake" it for support) Then have a better understanding with my next batch
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