Hestia Hybrid Brussels Sprouts Seeds

Hestia Hybrid Brussels Sprouts Seeds

Award-winning Heat and Cold Tolerance!


(P) Pkt of 30 seeds
Item # 52494-PK-P1
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$6.95
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100 days from setting out transplants.

Congratulations to Hestia, only the second brussels sprout in history to be named an All-America Selection! This heavy-bearing, sturdy, wonderfully flavored sprout richly deserves its honors, boasting tolerance of both heat and cold, so that it's ideal for a wide range of climates. And wherever you grow it, Hestia is simply delicious!

These delectable sprouts are about an inch in diameter, with a bright green exterior frosted over with cool blue and wrapped around a densely-packed yellow interior. The flavor is astonishing: full, meaty, and very satisfying. If you've never had a brussels sprout straight from the garden before, you're going to be amazed by the difference in flavor complexity and freshness.

And Hestia isn't stingy with production. You can expect up to 100 sprouts on every plant. Unlike many other varieties, Hestia grows stout and true, remaining upright and supporting its weight of sprouts all season long. Very uniform, Hestia doesn't take up a lot of space -- figure 2½ to 3 feet high and 2 feet wide -- yet it is stockier than most others.

Best of all, Hestia is ready for rough weather. Bred for the southeast, southwest, and mountainous climates, Hestia is able to cope more effectively with severe winter weather and with hot summers. Frost improves the flavor of its sprouts, and heat will not turn them bitter!

Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before setting out plants into the cool garden. Because it is tolerant of both high and low temperatures, Hestia is a particularly good choice for climate extremes. Here's how to grow it:

If you live in a cooler climate with severe winter weather, set out transplants as soon as the soil warms in spring. You will harvest in late summer and early fall.

If you live in a warmer climate with a mild winter, set out transplants in late summer and fall for harvesting in winter and early spring.

When it's time to harvest your sprouts, you have two choices. If you want a longer season of veggies, pick only as many sprouts as you need immediately, choosing those on the bottom of the stalk (they will be larger and riper than the ones higher up). You can harvest every few days for weeks this way, removing the lowest leaves on the stem along with the sprouts, which encourages heavier production. On the other hand, if you want to harvest the entire plant at once and get uniformly sized sprouts, when the lowest ones on the stalk are about the size of your thumb, remove the topmost portion of the plant. This will force the plant to stop growing new leaves, concentrating its energy on the fruit instead. Then you can harvest when all of the sprouts on the stem are full-sized.

If frost strikes in the midst of your harvest, it should be no problem. Frost sweetens the flavor of Hestia, and you will find your last sprouts even more delicious than the first of the season!

Cabbage Germination Information

Cabbage Seed Germination How to Sow Cabbage:
  • Best sown indoors, 5-7 weeks before planting out, at a temperature of 70-75° and at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds
  • Expect germination in 10-14 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors in midsummer for a fall crop
  • In Zone 8 and warmer, sow seeds in early fall for a winter crop
  • It is 50-90 days from sowing to harvesting
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Cabbage:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space plants 15-18 inches apart in rows spaced 20-30 inches apart

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in a rich, fertile, deep, moist, well-drained soil. Feed plants with 5-10-5 (or higher numbers) or nitrate of soda when first planting out and again every 4 weeks

Additional Care: Plant out as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. It is a cool weather crop that is very tolerant of frosts

Appearance and Use:

This leafy green is grown to be eaten fresh or canned as sauerkraut. Ornamental varieties (Acephala Group) are used as cool season bedding plants and in container displays. It grows as a 1-2 foot, round, flattened, or upright head of compressed leaves. Green Cabbage has smooth green leaves; Red Cabbage has smooth purple-red leaves; and Savoy Cabbage has crinkled green leaves. Harvest the head at its base when it is firm, at its optimal size of 15 inches or less, and when the leaves are still tight. Mature heads will last several weeks in the field and for several weeks after harvesting


About Cabbage:
Botanical name: Brassica oleracea Capitata Group
Pronunciation:  bras’i-kå o-ler-a’-se-å
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Brassicaceae; native to coastal Europe

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?

It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?

Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?

Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?

The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?

For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?

Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?

We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?

When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.

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