Single Packet of 500 Seeds
This seed packet measures 3.25″ wide by 4.50" tall and includes a clear & colorful illustration on the front. It also includes detailed seed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well. All seeds sold by Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and are intended for the current and the following growing season. All seeds are produced from open pollinated plants, stored in a temperature controlled facility and are constantly moved out due to popularity.
Grow this commercial favorite, known as Long Island Improved, from freshly harvested Brassica oleracea seeds. Long Island Improved is an heirloom Brussels Sprout variety that was first Introduced in the late 1800's to early 1900's. It produces high yields of miniature, cabbage like sprouts along it's tall, thick stems. Each plant will reach a mature height of up to 24 inches tall, producing Sprouts that will measure roughly 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
Brussels Sprout is categorized as an annual crop. Annuals such as Long Island Improved will grow quickly from freshly harvested seeds, producing their fruits / crops within the same season and will later die with the first killing frost. The plants can be allowed to bolt, or go to seed, if you plan on regrowing new plants the following season.
Brussels Sprout is a nutritious vegetable that can be added to all sorts of culinary dishes. They also carry a few health benefits as well and are known as one of the worlds most beneficial crops. They are loaded with all sorts of vitamins and minerals and can prevent some cancers. To learn more about the health benefits of Brussels Sprout, you can click here for an article at whfoods.com.
Sowing The Seed
Brussels Sprout is a cool weathered crop that can be started indoors, or directly outdoors as well. If started indoors, sow the seeds 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow at a depth of 1/4" under topsoil, lightly covering the seeds. Transplant entire peat pots, or direct sow outdoors when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed.
As Explained prior, these plants require cooler temperatures and are best established in early Spring, or in the Autumn season. They require an area of full sunlight for at least 6 hours and temperatures of around 45F to 65F. The soil should be fertile and rich in organic matter, but it should also be well drained. To increase drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas containing hard, compact soil. Water the soil daily until germination has successfully occurred, watering regularly thereafter.
Germination & Growth
Brussels Sprout seeds typically take anywhere between 7 to 14 days to germinate, if the proper conditions are met. The plants will reach a mature height of 24 inches tall, displaying their sprouts along the tall, thick stems. Each plant can be spaced 18 to 24 inches apart from one another, in rows that are spaced about 30 to 36 inches apart. The plants will produce high yields of miniature, cabbage like sprouts that can be harvested in roughly 85 to 115 days.
Harvesting Brussels Sprout
Long Island Improved is known to produce high yields of crops in roughly 85 to 115 days. Simply wait until the sprouts are hard, bright green and at least 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Begin twisting them from the main stem. Enjoy as picked, or store them in the fridge. Be careful not to store them for too long however, since they will lose their delicious flavor in 2 days or so. The leaves can also be cooked and consumed as a collard leaf would.
We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.
If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.
It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.
Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.
Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.
Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.
Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.
Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.
Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.
Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.
Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.
Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.
Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.
Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.
GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)
Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.