Father's Daughter wrote:I started some from seed, but realized I started them way too late. Plus I had really poor germination from the seeds I bought, and only one plant actually survived. It's only about a foot tall and just starting to form little buds. I know that cooler temps are good for the flavor of the sprouts, but do I have any chance of the plant surviving long enough to develop full sprouts after the temps really drop?
Next year I'm going with a different variety, and I now know they need a heck of a lot more time!
No, I don't think they have a chance to form sprouts this late in the season when I see where you live and garden.
As I think I said above, I direct seed all my cole crops, including B Sprouts, in a separate small bed outside and do that about the first of May in my zone 5 area.
Then I transplant them to their final place about the 1st to 2nd week of June.
You don't want seedlings of cole crops to be more than about 5 weeks old when you move them to their final place. It takes all summer for them to grow and make sprouts and when Fall nears I top the plants to encourage sprout formation in the higher axils of the plant.
I can't speak to your seed germination problems but for me at least, all of the cabbage and cauliflower and broccoli and B Sprout seeds have always germinated at a very high rate, and as I said, that's outside. But the seedlings are also frost tolerant so no problems with late frosts.