Brussels Sprouts, Early Half Tall (Organic)
Brassica oleracea. Green. 100-200 days.
Forgot to sow your Brussels sprouts in spring? All is not lost! With Early Half Tall, you can sow in June and still get a crop of sprouts by autumn. For a good early rotation of this winter garden delight, sow in March or April – sprouts are harvestable as early as August. Nice, dense sprout formation on dwarf plants that grow to 2 ½’ tall. Lower stature helps keep plants upright in windy conditions or in waterlogged soil. Early Half Tall is one of the few open pollinated varieties that has been well maintained since the introduction of hybrids.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil April through early June, for sprouts in November through February. Transplant into the garden about 3-4 weeks after emergence. For optimal sprout production, pinch growth tip off in late August. Harvest sprouts after autumn frost and as needed throughout the winter.
Collect seeds from 50 or more plants (to avoid inbreeding) in the second year when pods are dry. Dance on seed stalks on a tarp to thresh. Collect seeds and winnow to clean. Isolate from other B. oleracea by ½ mile.