Long Island Brussels Sprouts

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Long Island Brussels Sprouts

1.99

Ships January 2017
Long Island Brussels Sprouts, one of the best known sprouts is not generally grown locally.  While this is the source of origin going back a century, seed crops have not been produced here in decades.  This is an improved Long Island Brussels Sprouts (also know as Catskill) which seed we can offer.  Plants are stocky, about 24 inches high and the sprouts can be quite loose and large at the base and taper off in size toward the top of the stem.  Modern varieties tend to produce sprouts along the stem more uniformly.
100 days      

(150 seeds)    20 ft row

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Brussels Sprouts

A packet plants 15 ft row (150 seeds)

Like cabbage, brussels sprouts often produces better in cool weather.  A mid May to mid June summer planting will avoid flea beetles if that is a problem for you, and produce a nice crop for the fall.  Plant the seeds into the ground and transplant the seedlings when they are 3-4 inches tall.

Brussels Sprouts easily transplants when young and the plants can be placed in the ground a foot or two apart.  Brussels Sprouts requires a garden soil enriched with compost or organic fertilizer.   During the hot summer brussels sprouts benefits from irrigation.  Brussels Sprouts takes a long season and produces the best crop when October is a target date.  Harvest after a frost.

Freshly harvested brussels sprouts from the garden is just better.  

Brussels Sprouts is a biennial and needs to vernalize for a cold period.   In spring the sprouts along the stem will produceflower stalks and produces pods.  When the pods swell with seed and begin to brown harvest them and allow them to dry.   On Long Island brussels sprouts don’t always winter-over well in the field but will in the root cellar.  Cabbage will cross with other Brassica oleraceae species in flower at the same time.