Brussels Sprouts - Long Island

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BU23701A (0.5 g 130-140 seeds)

Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts originated from Brussels around the 1890s, were introduced to North America, and remain one of the most popular varieties of ‘Brussels Sprouts’ today. Long Island Improved is an old heirloom variety that grows on semi-dwarf plants that are 51-61 cm (20-24") high with a spread that averages 30-61 cm (12-24”) wide.  Brussels sprouts are slow-growing, hardy, long-season vegetable.   The sprouts look like miniature cabbages and form where the leaves meet the stems. Freshly harvested, lightly steamed sprouts are a delight.  Expect to harvest 50-100 dark green sprouts that will be about 2.5 cm (1”) in diameter from each plant.

 

Growing Instructions:

 

Start Brussels sprouts seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date in your area, or direct sow seeds in early spring or late summer. Select a location that receives full sun, or partial shade in hotter climates. Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep, spaced 5-10cm (2-4”) apart. Keep soil moist and cool to promote germination. Seeds should sprout in 5-10 days. Thin seedlings to 60-90cm (24-36”) apart when they are 5-7cm (2-3”) tall. Brussels sprouts prefer well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.5. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer before planting and again 3-4 weeks after transplanting. Keep soil consistently moist throughout the growing season. Harvest the Brussels sprouts when they are firm and green before they start to yellow or open up.

Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Soil pH: 6.0-7.5 Planting Depth: Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep. Germination: 5-10 days. Height at Maturity: 60-90cm (24-36”) tall. Days to Maturity: 90-180 days. Watering: Keep soil consistently moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade. Spacing after Thinning: Thin seedlings to 60-90cm (24-36”) apart.