Popular variety, produces deep richly flavored leaves
This early piquant flavored green has dark green, fleshy leaves and grows uprightly to 2' tall. Known to grow wild around the world for centuries, it is used in some form in African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and American southern cooking. Steamed it can help lower your cholesterol. Young leaves can be used in salads, steam larger tender leaves with just the water that clings to them after washing.Brassicaceae Brassica juncea
This type of mustard is very popular in the southern U.S. where it is an important cool weather vegetable. Under good growing conditions, mustard can be one of the fastest growing crops.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 30-55 (Spring/Summer), 30-55 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Mustards actually prefer cool weather and are often grown as a winter vegetable. They are quite frost tolerant.
- Spring, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
The ideal spot for mustards depends on the weather. If it's cool they should be planted on a sunny site. If it's warm then some shade is a good idea since mustards do not taste as good in warmer conditions.
Mustards are in and out of the ground quickly, so are often used for intercropping between slower growing crops, rather than being given their own area.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 45°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Mustard germinates and grows quickly (if the soil is at least 45 degrees) so is usually planted outdoors.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool)
If you want tasty, mild flavored mustard greens (and you do) you must keep the soil moist at all times. If the soil is too dry the plants will develop a bitter and pungent flavor.
High nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous. The Mustards need fertile soil to produce well.
- Tolerates light frost, Needs summer shade
- Small Gardens?
Mustards do very well in containers, just be sure to keep the soil moist.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Dark green leaves
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Spicy and richly flavored.