Brussels Sprouts Long Island Improved

$3.30

  • Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera
  • Seed Packets contains 400 seeds.
  • Open Pollinated, Untreated

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Brussels Sprouts Long Island Improved

Brussels Sprouts Long Island Improved is the standard open-pollinated variety grown since the 1890s. It is not as vigorous and adaptable as the modern hybrids but with care in keeping the plants well watered over January to April, spaced out and netted or sprayed regularly with Baccilus thuringiensis (Dipel, a natural bacteria to handle white butterflies), reasonable harvests of nice sprouts can be achieved.

Aphids are often an issue when soils are dry so keep well watered and mulch well. Use a hose to continually spray off aphids where an issue.

Sow: Ideally January to February (cool climate). Hammer a stake into the ground at planting in order to tie up as the plant grows taller.

Spacing: plants 45 to 60cm, rows 70cm.

Although native to the Mediterranean region with other cabbage species, brussels sprouts first appeared in northern Europe during the 5th century, later being cultivated in the 13th century near Brussels, Belgium, from which they derived their name.

Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 19 to 24 C (around 5-10 days to germination)

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