Long Island is a semi-dwarf variety of Brussel sprouts that produces numerous sprouts on self-supporting stems. The leaves are closely spaced, and produce a lot of tasty sprouts. A good choice for the home garden.
Sprouts and buds mature in 90-180 days. Wait until the sprouts or immature flower buds are between 2,5-3 cm wide and pick from the base upwards. Sprouts may be picked as they ripen. As the harvest slows, pinch the top of the plant to direct nutrients to the sprouts.
Direct sow seeds or sow indoors, 30-45 cm apart and 1 cm deep in Spring to early Summer. Germination takes 10-21 days. Transplant seedlings when they have at least 3 leaf pairs.
Brussel Spouts are heavy feeders and need a lot of nutrients. Crops should be rotated more often than once every four years.