Brussel Sprouts ‘Long Island Improved’
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Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea
Heritage: USA, 1890's
‘Long Island Improved’ produces firm and excellent tasting Brussel Sprouts.
Lightly steam and enjoy for their crisp texture and sweet, nutty flavour. Delicious topped with garlic butter or Hollandaise sauce. Ensure to not overcook your Brussel Sprouts as they produce a strong foul odour and become mushy in texture (like you possibly had in your childhood...).
It forms compact productive plants. A single stem can bear 50-100 dark green Brussel Sprouts. The sprouts or buds occur densely along the stem.
These stocky semi-dwarf plants grow to approx. 60m tall and make excellent crops for the cooler months of the year. The market standard open pollinated variety, its highly tolerant of frost. Best planted in mid to late summer for a winter harvest.
Brussel Sprouts were first domesticated in the 1300's near Brussels, Belgium from a kale-like form of wild cabbage. This variety was first introduced on Long Island in New York USA in the 1890's.
Late Summer – Autumn
Sow Direct, or Transplant
Brussel Sprout seeds are best sown in late summer to autumn. Seeds can be sown in trays for transplanting, or directly in place approx. 40 – 60 cm apart when soil temperatures are between 10°c – 25°c.
10°c - 25°c
7 - 12 days
Transplant seedlings, or thin directly sown seeds to a final spacing of approx. 40cm – 60 cm apart once plants have some true leaves.
40cm - 60cm
85 - 120 days
Removing leaves from below each sprout will direct growth to the sprouts causing them to grow larger.
They're sweetest in flavour when harvested after a frost. You want to harvest your Brussel sprouts while they feel tight and firm and reach about golf ball size. Brussel sprouts enjoy cool weather and are a consistent performer in the home garden.
Toward the end of the growing season, cut off the top 10-15 cm of the plant to force it to put it's energy into the existing sprouts. The remaining sprouts should mature in 3-6 weeks.
If sowing close to winter, transplanting can work well for allowing plants to get underway without experiencing significant losses from bug attacks. Always ensure to keep an eye out for hungry slugs, snails and caterpillars.
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