Varieties of Brussels Sprouts
The many F1 hybrids now available on the market have their drawbacks as well as good points. On the positive side, F1 hybrids tend to be compact growers, and the stems are tightly covered with buttons. However, the sprouts have been bred to mature all at the same time, and this can be a problem if you do not own a freezer.
The ordinary varieties tend to be taller growing, and, hence, less suitable for. They are the heaviest croppers, though, and they go on cropping for several months.
Peer Gynt: F1 hybrid of outstanding quality; dwarf growing and ideal for small gardens; very prolific cropper of uniform, high quality, dark green sprouts; early crops from early autumn.
Achilles: F1 hybrid; produces high yields of medium-sized sprouts; begins cropping in mid-autumn; can be picked over a long period, as the sprouts do not rot on the stem quickly.
Bedford-Market Rearguard: successful on most soils; very dark green, medium-sized sprouts; will provide continuous supplies from early winter to early spring.
Bedford-Winter Harvest: excellent choice for a mid-season crop; bears medium-sized, dark green, very solid sprouts from mid-autumn to midwinter.
Cambridge No. 5: prolific cropper of large, high quality sprouts; matures from mid-winter to early spring.
Ashwell’s Strain: one of the oldest varieties available; extremely hardy; sprouts can be picked into mid-spring.
Rons Lench: produces small sprouts on fairly short stems; the best variety for an open, windy garden; ready for midwinter picking.
Perfect Line: F1 hybrid; mid-season cropper, giving very high yields of medium-sized buttons; slightly earlier that Citadel; excellent for early and mid-winter picking.
Bedford-Fillbasket: very large sprouts; harvested from mid-autumn through to early winter; first-class flavour; succeeds on a wide range oftypes. Roodnerf-Early Button: variety bred for small, deep green sprouts; first-class buttons; excellent for freezing.
Roodnerf-Vremo Inter: early to late winter harvester; sprouts medium-sized; excellent colour.
Roodnerf-Rollo: uniform, small, solid sprouts; mid-autumn to early winter; heavy cropper.
Roodnerf-Seven Hills: early to late winter variety; small, tight sprouts of good quality.
Focus: F1 hybrid; new variety with distinctive savoury flavour; sprouts small to medium-sized, dark green, firm; ready for cropping from early autumn through mid-winter.
Lindo: new variety; vigorous and heavy cropper; harvests over a two-month period from early to mid-autumn.
King Arthur: F1 hybrid; popular mid-season variety, with heavy crop of medium-sized, smooth-skinned sprouts; plants fairly tall, uniform and hardy.
Prince Askold: F1 hybrid; first-class late variety, with heavy crop of dark green, medium-sized sprouts from mid-winter to early spring; plants of medium height.
Irish Elegance: late autumn to early winter cropper, with good yields of medium-sized, smooth sprouts, plants tall and uniform; sprouts keep well on stem for long period of time.
Early Half Tall (Continuity): medium-sized plants cropping from late summer onwards; large sprouts available until late winter.
Stabilo: medium-sized, firm, dark green sprouts; heavy yielder; sprouts keep well on the stem.
Sigmund: F1 hybrid; hardy, late maturing variety with smooth, solid, medium-sized sprouts; heavy cropper.
Jade Cross: F1 hybrid; small dark sprouts, very closely packed; early to late autumn; short-growing; ideal for freezing.
Rubine or Red: novelty type which produces red sprouts; very decorative plant; good flavour; ready from late autumn onwards.