Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts
A developing 'Long Island Improved' Brussels sprouts plant.

Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts

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Long Island Improved

110 days — 'Long Island Improved' Brussels sprouts are closely set on the stalks, tight, firm, and dark green in color. The one-and-a-half inch sprouts are set on a twenty to twenty-four inch tall plant over an extended period. Excellent fresh, it also freezes well.

This standard old variety, dating back to the 1890s, was the commercial variety grown in California until the more uniform maturing hybrids became popular.
Each packet contains 0.5 gram, which is approximately 125 to 175 seeds.
Very tiny, never seemed large enough to harvest
These grew very well, except that they were attacked by gray aphids about the same time the Brussels sprouts started to form. It took so long to get any Brussels sprouts that I primarily used the leaves. I mostly used them in shakes. The sprouts started to show up nearly four months after I had planted them, but never got bigger than 1/2-inch. I finally wound up tearing the plants out in April (I originally planted them in September--since there is no frost here, cool weather crops grow best over the winter) to plant warm-weather crops. I would recommend planting these at least 24 inches apart. Mine were planted 18 to 20 inches apart, and the leaves were overlapping. The lack of space between them made it especially difficult when they were attacked by aphids.

VSC Notes: Thank you for the detailed review. A couple of quick comments . . . In a home garden situation, aphid control is typically as easy as using the water pressure from a nozzle on your hose to spray the little guys off of your plants and onto the ground. The next day check and spray them off again. Total control can usually be taken care of this way. In worse case scenarios, organic insecticidal soap solutions are available.

While aphids can sap the strength from plants and result in stunting, I suspect that the timing of your planting is what was at play here. While it is true that many brassicas thrive in cool weather, they still need hours of daylight with a sun intensity that just does not exist during the winter in the Northern Hemisphere. You might try different timings such that your harvest is occurring in late fall or in late spring. ~Mike
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