brussel sprouts growing on a stalk

Companion Plants for Brussel Sprouts

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Companion plants are plants that grow next to your crops to repel pests and attract beneficials. Check out the best companion plants for brussel sprouts in your garden.

stalks of brussel sprouts laying on a table

Growing brussel sprouts

You want to grow brussels sprouts at home and wonder what plants you should grow next to them? Companion plants are important since they help to keep away pests and diseases from your brussels sprouts.

They also keep the soil moist, loosen it up, attract pollinators, and more. But there are also plants that can hinder the growth of your brussel sprouts. So read on to find out more.

We love brussel sprouts at Little Sprouts! They are delicious roasted or air fried like this and we love brussel sprouts sauteed with a little bacon. So good!

They are super fun to grow and fairly simple even for a beginning gardener. They grow in spring and fall, you can check out this month by month garden planting guide to know more.

They are very interesting to look at, the way they grow in a spiral up a large stalk is super cool looking. You just cut the whole stalk and trim the brussel sprouts off of it.

brussel sprouts growing in the garden with companion plants

Brussel sprout plant

Brussel sprouts are Cruciferae plants. They are similar in growth to cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. And pests that attack them include cabbage loopers, aphids, thrips, leafminers, armyworms, and cutworms. So aromatics can ward some of these off and attracts parasitic wasps and ladybugs.

Think about garlic, mint, basil, and other strongly scented plants. Also marigolds. Nasturtiums will act as a trap crop for aphids and other pests that would otherwise attack the brussel sprouts.

  • Celery, onions, mint, basil, rosemary, marigolds, garlic, and sage all repel pests that like brussel sprouts, so they make great companion plants.
  • Carrots and chamomile improve the flavor of brussel sprouts when planted nearby.
  • Peas loosen the soil for them to grow better.
  • Beans add nitrogen to the soil to feed the brussel sprouts.
  • Dill attracts pollinators to the garden and make great companion plants for brussel sprouts.
  • Brussel sprouts also like growing near beets, lettuce, radishes, and spinach.
brussel sprout plants in the garden

What not to plant with brussel sprouts

  • Eggplant, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes take away nutrients from your brussel sprouts.
  • Mustard greens attract pests that destroy brussel sprouts.
  • Also, don’t grow them near kohlrabi or strawberries.

I hope you try to grow these amazingly interesting and super tasty vegetables. I think you will fall in love with growing them too.

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