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Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera 'Long Island Improved'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea var. gemmifera
Cultivar: Long Island Improved

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral cloverlymd On Sep 7, 2009, cloverlymd from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

Based on my experience this year, I'd say this is not likely to be a successful spring crop in Maryland. I'm going to try again next year for a fall crop.

Positive melody On Jan 28, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've grown this variety and really liked it. The sprouts themselves are a nice size and there's between 50 and 100 per stalk.

This cultivar was introduced in the 1890's.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 27, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A widely available antique cultivar that is very similar to Catskill. A few seed houses list them as the same cultivar.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clovis, California
Menifee, California
Benton, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Binghamton, New York (2 reports)
Johnson City, New York

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