Brussel sprout plants have grown so well that they have been staked to give them
support. The large leaves become very heavy after a rain, and the plants
can topple over in a wind. Any movement of the stalk will lift the roots
and destroy some smaller root hairs.
So, loosely tying the stalks to a stake will reduce rocking of the leaf
canopy, and preserve tie-brussel-sprout the root system underground. If the soil is loose, the roots can be firmed in by heeling it down. More soil can be put to them if necessary.
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