Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts (Brassica oleracea) are a variety of Brussels sprouts known for their large, tightly packed heads and their ability to produce high yields. It is a hardy, cool-season vegetable that is well-suited for fall and winter gardening. It has a nutty, slightly bitter flavor and is a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin A. This variety is particularly well-suited for home gardening and small-scale farming.
To grow Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts, you will need:
- Well-drained, fertile soil, rich in organic matter
- Full sun or partial shade
- Brussels sprouts seed or seedlings
Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date or sow seed directly into the ground after the last frost.
Transplant seedlings to the garden after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up. Space the plants about 2-3 feet apart.
Water the Brussels sprouts regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
Fertilize the Brussels sprouts with a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks.
Keep the Brussels sprouts free of weeds and remove any diseased or damaged leaves to help prevent disease.
Harvest the Brussels sprouts when the heads are firm and have reached their mature size.
||Start seeds indoors or sow seed directly into the ground after the last frost date
||Transplant seedlings to the garden or direct-sow seeds into the garden
||Water the Brussels sprouts regularly, keep the soil consistently moist
||Fertilize every 4-6 weeks with a balanced fertilizer
||Keep plants free of weeds and remove any diseased or damaged leaves
||Harvest the Brussels sprouts when the heads are firm and have reached their mature size