What are the pros? Beautiful color, unusual look
What are the cons? Few sprouts, small sprouts
I have no trouble growing cole crops here, especially green Brussel sprouts. RedRubine was not a success. I started six seeds; three sprouted. When I set the 6-inch plants out, one succumbed immediately, and a second one was ripped up by a vole. The remaining plant grew very tall and lanky; next year I will stake each plant right when I plant it out. It didn’t seem to be as bothered by cabbage butterflies, and the deer avoided it, a miracle in itself. It just seemed to focus its energy on growing tall; I harvested six sprouts in all. I’m going to try it again, just because it is so unusual looking and I really want to harvest purple brussels sprouts one day! I also think next year I will try nipping out the central growing tip a bit earlier in the season . We used the leaves in a Juice, they make a pretty strong - tasting addition to juices so beware! Red Rubine Is not for the inexperienced, but it is for the person who likes a challenge!
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