Brussels Sprouts 'Long Island’

Brassica oleracea

Cropping over a long period, this heirloom was introduced in the late 19thC and was the sprout to grow before F1 hybrids took over. Semi-dwarf, it is self-supporting and a great introduction to growing your own Brussels sprouts. Pick young and regularly.

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Brussels Sprouts 'Long Island’

Cropping over a long period, this was the sprout to grow before hybrids took over. Harvest 140-160 days.

How to grow

Prefering a slightly alkaline soil, like other members of the cabbage family, prepare the ground with plenty of well rotted manure or compost. In windy gardens the plants will need to be staked as they become top heavy. Loosely formed sprouts are a sign of too much nitrogen. Best in frosty areas. Grow through summer for autumn and winter harvests. The spring flowering shoots can be eaten like broccoli and its top knot of leaves serves as a mini cabbage. Prone to attack by white cabbage butterfly - control with Dipel.

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