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Franklin Brussels Sprout

Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera 'Franklin'

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Franklin Brussels Sprout (Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera 'Franklin') at C & S Country Gardens

Franklin Brussels Sprout fruit

Franklin Brussels Sprout fruit

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Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)


An early maturing, cool weather variety featuring tall, sturdy plants that produce high yields of small green sprouts; delicious and crunchy, great for sautéing or roasting; taste improves with light frost; less woody stalks, whole stem harvests possible

Edible Qualities

Franklin Brussels Sprout is an annual vegetable plant that is typically grown for its edible qualities. The small round dark green tightly-wrapped heads of foliage are usually harvested from early fall to early winter. The heads have a delicious taste and a crunchy texture.

The heads are most often used in the following ways:

  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
  • Cooking
  • Baking

Planting & Growing

Franklin Brussels Sprout will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. This fast-growing vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.

This plant is typically grown in a designated vegetable garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average conditions that are neither too wet nor too dry, and is very intolerant of standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
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