Mixed Brussels Spouts

Mixed Brussels Spouts

2.99

Ships January 2017
A mix of Brussels sprout varieties from Europe and America.   One of the first steps in breeding a better open pollinated brussels sprout is doing an accurate comparison with the kinds of sprouts available.  You can join us by growing this mix to see the diversity for yourself as we will be doing on the farm this year.  Included are some heirloom red sprout varieties from Europe where they are considered a special treat.   As with many of the fall/winter brassica harvests, start seeds in in late May, transplant into rows in July and allow time for the crop to mature that it can be harvested after the first frost and into winter if it is mild enough.
80 - 100 days.    

(150 seeds)    15 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.