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Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group) 'Red Ball' (Brussels sprouts 'Red Ball')

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skill rating
4 hours care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group) 'Red Ball'

Other names

Brussels sprouts 'Red Ball', Brassica oleracea var gemmifera 'Red Ball', Late season brussels sprouts 'Red Ball'

Genus

Brassica Brassica

Variety or Cultivar

'Red Ball' _ 'Red Ball' is a perennial grown as an annual vegetable crop with an erect stem bearing small, tightly-packed, cabbage-like, edible, dark purple buds ready for harvest approximately ninety-five days after sowing.


Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group) 'Red Ball' is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect

Foliage

Green in Summer; Green in Autumn; Green in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Birds , Cabbage caterpillars , Cabbage gall weevil , Cabbage root fly , Cabbage stem flea beetle , Cabbage whitefly , Chafer grubs in lawns , Cutworms , Diamond-back moth , Flea beetles , Mealy cabbage aphid , Slugs , Snails , Swede midge Birds , Cabbage caterpillars , Cabbage gall weevil , Cabbage root fly , Cabbage stem flea beetle , Cabbage whitefly , Chafer grubs in lawns , Cutworms , Diamond-back moth , Flea beetles , Mealy cabbage aphid , Slugs , Snails , Swede midge

Diseases

This variety has fairly good disease resistance.

Black rot , Clubroot , Downy mildew , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Leaf spot , White blister Black rot , Clubroot , Downy mildew , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Leaf spot , White blister

General care

Pruning

Best harvested after sprouts have been frosted.

Propagation

Sow in early to mid-spring in frames for harvest from mid-autumn to early spring. Can be sown in-situ in late spring or early summer.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group) 'Red Ball' (Brussels sprouts 'Red Ball') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Sow in frames in early to mid-spring and plant out in a sheltered, sunny site in late spring or early summer when plants are 15cm high and have at least seven true leaves. Plant in an area vacated by non-brassica crop.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group) 'Red Ball'

Other names

Brussels sprouts 'Red Ball', Brassica oleracea var gemmifera 'Red Ball', Late season brussels sprouts 'Red Ball'

Genus

Brassica Brassica

Variety or Cultivar

'Red Ball' _ 'Red Ball' is a perennial grown as an annual vegetable crop with an erect stem bearing small, tightly-packed, cabbage-like, edible, dark purple buds ready for harvest approximately ninety-five days after sowing.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect


Colour

Foliage

Green in Summer; Green in Autumn; Green in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Birds , Cabbage caterpillars , Cabbage gall weevil , Cabbage root fly , Cabbage stem flea beetle , Cabbage whitefly , Chafer grubs in lawns , Cutworms , Diamond-back moth , Flea beetles , Mealy cabbage aphid , Slugs , Snails , Swede midge

Diseases

This variety has fairly good disease resistance.

Specific diseases

Black rot , Clubroot , Downy mildew , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Leaf spot , White blister

General care

Pruning

Best harvested after sprouts have been frosted.

Propagation

Sow in early to mid-spring in frames for harvest from mid-autumn to early spring. Can be sown in-situ in late spring or early summer.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group) 'Red Ball' (Brussels sprouts 'Red Ball') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Sow in frames in early to mid-spring and plant out in a sheltered, sunny site in late spring or early summer when plants are 15cm high and have at least seven true leaves. Plant in an area vacated by non-brassica crop.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group) 'Red Ball' (Brussels sprouts 'Red Ball')

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci non-European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Non-European populations of Bemisia tabaci pose an additional risk to European populations due to the potential for introducing non-European viruses.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group) 'Red Ball' (Brussels sprouts 'Red Ball')

Common pest name

Leaf spot: ginseng; Leaf spot: ornamentals

Scientific pest name

Alternaria panax

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A leaf spot disease; some commonly grown pot plants are hosts but main damage is to ginseng.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group) 'Red Ball' (Brussels sprouts 'Red Ball')

Common pest name

Apple root knot nematode

Scientific pest name

Meloidogyne mali

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Unknown

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

UK (along with certain other European countries) received potentially infested trees in 1992; but these were destroyed at the end of the trial period and targeted surveillance has failed to find any trace of the nematode. Main impacts are on elm; apple and mulberry and industry should source such material carefully.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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