Can You Plant Tomatoes With Brussels Sprouts?

Brussels sprouts are fascinating.  Sprouts look like little cabbages but grow differently. On a big stem, sprouts generate many bulbs.  The long-season plant takes 26–31 weeks to mature, however sprouts can be picked for months. These can be gathered from September to February, depending on location.  

1. What is Companion Planting

Organic gardening has long used companion planting scientifically. The idea is to mimic nature. Mixed yet wonderful plants. Because a connected ecosystem functions together. All the plants, insects, and animals in a region make it more resistant to illnesses and pests.  

2. Reasons to Companion Plant

Companions aid crops and other horticultural duties. Production increases with pollinator attraction, insect management, shading, weed reduction, and more. Interplanting is another solution for similar growing conditions. This aids small-space gardening.  

3. Why Not Companion Plant  

You might not interplant certain things for other reasons. Some plants harm each other. Some plants affect the flavor of others, attract damaging insects, compete for sunlight and nutrients, and share diseases.  

4. Warm vs. Long Season Crops  

Over the summer, tomatoes ripen. Wait until overnight soil temperatures hit 60 degrees to grow tomatoes. Long-season Other crop: Brussels sprouts. Spring planting gives fall/early winter harvest. Harvest long after your first frost.  

5. Both Plants Are Heavy Feeder

This is difficult since plants need different amounts of macro nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium throughout their lifespan. Feeding your tomato too much nitrogen as it matures can result in a huge bush with few fruits.  

6. Brussels Sprouts Can Stunt Growth

Brassica family members inhibit tomato (and nightshade) growth. Knowing this and about nutritional competition makes separating the two veggies straightforward.  

7. Our Suggestion  

All nightshades should be planted far from brassicas. We've addressed various real-world reasons the two plants don't get along Some gardeners claim interplanting the two is fine, but common knowledge disagrees. Benefits are nonexistent.  

8. Final Thoughts

Despite the temptation to plant vegetables, herbs, and flowers together, some don't get along. Several variables suggest keeping tomatoes and brussels sprouts apart in the garden. You can harvest both plants abundantly without concern. Happy gardening!  

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