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Brussels Sprouts – Long Island

Lots of small very tasty sprouts the delicacy of which are not surpassed by the finest of cauliflowers. The semi-dwarf plants are stocky with leaves closely spaced, so there are lots of tasty sprouts on the short, self-supporting stems. 1 in. closely packed sprouts, on 2 ft. plant. Heavy set of firm sprouts over a long season. This famous heirloom was introduced at the end of the 19th century and was once one of the most important commercial varieties. It’s still a great pick today.



Tips for Growing Brussels Sprouts

Germination Temperature (Optimum):  18 to 29 °C     Max.:  35 °C    Min.:  10 °C

Days to Germinate:  6 to 10

Sowing Depth:  ½ in.

Indicative Avg. Plant Height:  2 ft.

Spacing In Row:  18 to 24 in.

Spacing Between Rows:  36 in.

Avg. Days to Maturity:  90 to 100

Notes:  These vigorous medium-large colourful plants set plump green “cabbages” like sprouts along their stems at each leaf. Love cool weather. Purple stems along axils lend a decorative touch to the plants. Delicious when steamed or boiled just to the point of tenderness and served with butter. Break off the lower branches at the bottom 6 to 8 in. of the stem to encourage early sprouts to grow faster, and the plant to grow taller and produce more sprouts. Sprouts mature from the bottom of the stem upwards. Plants need topping. Topped plants put all their energy into making sprouts while the untopped plants continue to shoot up more foliage and make only minuscule sprouts.

Information provided for guidance only and may vary from one cultivar to another.


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