Long Island Improved Brussel Sprouts
Originating around the 1890s, Long Island Improved is still the most popular variety even though it is sometimes mistaken for the "Catskill" strain developed by Arthur White of Arkport, NY in 1941.
Long Island Improved is a much older variety even though the two are similar.
Semi-dwarf plants are 20-24" high, with excellent yields of 1-2" flavorful brussel sprouts. This is a good variety to freeze.
Sun - full sun
Spread - 12 inches
Height - 20-24 inch plant
Days to Maturity - 80 days
Ideal Planting Time - After chance of last frost
Seed Depth - 1/4 inch
Seed Spacing - 3 inches
Row Spacing -12-14 inches
Days to Germination - 5-10
Planting Tips - Start spring seedlings 4-5 weeks before transplanting. Start fall transplants 2-3 months before first frost. Transplant out to the garden when 3” tall at least 90 days before your first frost in midsummer. When transplanting, enrich soil with a little blood and bone meal. Needs cool temperatures to head properly – will bolt in heat. Keeping soil evenly moist is a must for a healthy crop.
Harvest Tips - Ready to harvest when the tiny heads are firm, green, and 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Remove sprouts by twisting them until they break away from the plant. As you remove the lower sprouts, you can also remove yellowing leaves; the plant continues to grow upward, producing more leaves and sprouts.
Other Planting Tips - Plant the sprouts 2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart. Provide at least an inch of water per week.
Available - 1/2 oz. and 1 oz. pkgs.
This is a long season crop, planted in spring for a fall harvest.
Potatoes and Thyme are great to plant with your brussel sprouts but stay away from strawberries.