BrusselKale – Trendy Vegetable Hybrid – Why Not Grow Peppers?

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A new hybrid from U.K. vegetable breeder Tozer Seeds that’s a hybrid(Not a GMO) of two super trendy vegetables, Brussels sprouts and kale. Is taking the supermarket by storm.

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BrusselKale is set to make its North American debut in Toronto later this month.
According to the Tozer Seeds website, the leafy green vegetable gets its “fantastic flavor by combining the complex taste of the [Brussels] sprout with the mild, sweet ‘nutty’ taste of the kale.”

Big Grin … maybe next year we can get a tomcumber. A foot long tomato, cucumber hybrid. What a time saver that would be in making salads!

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Now the rest of the story

If you have not done so, now is a good time to start your pepper seedlings in those tiny seedling pots.
I don’t care what anyone else may say about germinating pepper seed, but it is a proven known fact that it is almost impossible to germinate pepper seed when the soil temperature is below 70 degrees. Warmer is better.
A good rule of thumb is sweet mild peppers like bell peppers will germinate at lower soil(above 70 degrees) temperatures.

As pepper heat increases so does the need for warmer soils to achieve good seed germination. Some of the hot peppers will refuse to germinate when soil temperatures are lower than 80 or 85 degrees. Hot peppers may also require much longer germination time. Some varieties may require 30 or more days with soil temperature at or above 80 degrees to germinate. ‘Don’t give up to soon’.

Hint Never let the soil get to dry. Keep seed trays covered with clear food wrap. Mist once or twice a day as necessary with a spray from a water bottle filled with warm (not hot) water.

Pepper Joe said
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Then sow seeds 1/4 inch deep 6 to 10 weeks before the last frost. Keep seeds moist, but not soaked, through germination phase. The Ideal temperature is 75 to 85 degrees. Because most homes are not this warm, another tip is to place them on top of your refrigerator until seedlings emerge. It stays pretty warm there.

Again, be patient, some varieties can take 4 to 6 weeks or longer to germinate. Others can show up in 7 to 10 days. It depends on temperature, sunlight, soil and variety. After they emerge I believe in the mother nature theory: “Survival Of The Fittest”. I plant 3 or 4 seeds per growing area.

As they develop their first set of leaves I’ll snip off with a scissors the weakest one. As they develop their second set of leaves I’ll snip off all but the healthiest one. If any variety starts to grow tall and too “leggy”, open the window just a little bit to shock the plant with cooler air. This will slow down its growth and make its stem thicker and more conducive to transplant. Once you have healthy seedlings you’re ready to transplant your pepper plants.

What? Another site with a gad-zillion High Resolution Pictures?

A Hint To My Blogger Friends Please don’t up load a zillion High resolution pictures. Display your photographs on your blog page as thumbnails (It’s easy to do using wordpress) and I can click to zoom in on pictures I want to see at full size.
* Many of us do not have wide band, ultra high speed service providers.
High resolution photographs take forever to load. Many time’s I click off(close) websites that are slow loading to my service provider.
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6 responses to “BrusselKale – Trendy Vegetable Hybrid – Why Not Grow Peppers?

  1. Thanks for the like!! Your blog is very interesting and informative.

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  2. I’m going to be all over growing Brussels kale. Sounds yummy!!!!!

    After my very unsuccessful attempt at starting my seedlings last year, I got an early start on them this year. I wanted to make sure I had time to try again if anything didn’t grow or began damping off. Apparently, the changes I made this year were the right ones because everything is growing well and now I need to transplant into larger containers. That’s the thing about gardening though, there is always something new to learn.

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    • Re debweeks Thanks for your comment(s)
      Soil to cool and damping off is problems that most of us have suffered at some point in our learning curve to be good home/backyard gardeners
      Happy healthy seedlings

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  3. Ok Let me try to figure that out. I just added pics and it loads. Ill look for the load as thumbnail. I wonder if I can go back and change what I have done. I load pics because I want people to see them but I never thought about it slowing down the load. 🙂

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    • Hi, when you load/post a picture your should see a place on the right side of the page to select where you want your picture posted (left/center or right) and a drop down menu to change it’s posted page size.
      Don’t worry about anything you have posted, besides, your site loads fine you don’t have 15 or 20 high irresolution pictures to be displayed on your blog page.
      Happy gardening

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