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Brussels sprouts are a member of the Brassica family, and if you are one of the gardeners that like Brussels sprouts then you might be trying your hand at growing these in your garden. You can use companion planting when growing Brussels sprouts to help keep pests away from your Brussels sprouts and attract beneficial insects that can also help control harmful insects.
In this article, we go over what are good companion plants for Brussels sprouts and what not to grow with Brussels sprouts.
Brussels sprouts are a crop that has many harmful insects that are attracted to them. These include aphids, cabbage loopers, cabbage worms, Japanese beetles, cutworms, and more. Using companion crops that can aid in repelling these harmful insects is a great way to not have to use harsh chemicals on your growing crops.
Good Companion Plants for Brussels Sprouts
- Coneflower (Echinacea)
- Swiss Chard
Beets help add magnesium to the soil, this can help Brussels sprouts grow well. Find other crops to plant with beets here.
Catnip helps keep away many insects when used as a companion plant including the flea beetle.
Garlic is a good companion plant for many crops including Brussels sprouts. Garlic can help repel aphids and beetles.
Onions are a good companion crop with Brussels sprouts because onions can repel many of the insects that harm Brussels sprouts like cabbage worms, cabbage maggots, and loopers.
Nasturtiums, Geraniums and Marigolds are good companion plants to help deter harmful insects, repel nematodes, and help bring in beneficial insects like ladybugs and parasitic wasps.
Parsley attracts beneficial insects that prey on harmful insects that can harm Brussels sprouts and other Brassicas.
Spinach is a companion crop that can help with saving space in the garden when planted with Brussels sprouts.
Thyme makes a good companion plant for Brussels sprouts has thymol, which is a compound that can help with deterring insects. These insects include the ones that Brussels sprouts can be susceptible to. Find good companion crops for thyme here.
What Not To Grow With Brussels Sprouts
Corn is not a good companion plant for Brussels sprouts because of several factors. The shade that corn casts can be a hindrance to growing crops nearby. Also, both Brussels sprouts and corn are heavy feeders, which means if you plant them next to each other both crops will have an issue getting the amount of nutrients they need to thrive and grow properly.
Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Kale will attract the same pests as Brussels sprouts, this can cause you to have issues with both crops if they are planted near each other. It is best to keep members of the Brassica family in separate parts of the garden due to this reason.
Dill should be planted away from Brussels sprouts. Dill can attract cabbage worms. So you will want to plant dill in a different place from your Brussels sprouts in order to lure these pests away from the Brussels sprouts growing in your garden.
Horseradish should not be planted with Brussels sprouts. Harmful insects that tend to affect Brussels sprouts will move to horseradish that is nearby once the Brussels sprouts are harvested. Find out what is good to plant with horseradish here.
Strawberries should not be planted with Brussels sprouts due to strawberry plants attracting slugs. Strawberries also can cause the Brussels sprouts’ growth to be stunted. Find good companion crops for strawberries here.
Tomatoes, Peppers, Potatoes, and Eggplant are all heavy feeders and would compete with Brussels sprouts growing nearby if used as a companion plant for Brussels Sprouts
- Companion Plants for Tomatoes
- Companion Plants for Cauliflower
- Companion Plants for Coneflowers
- Companion Plants for Eggplant