Basics

Ease of Growing
Temperamental
Grown as
Annual
Days to Maturity
30-55 (Spring/Summer), 30-55 (Fall/Winter)
Growing Habit
-
Hardiness
Hardy

Mustards actually prefer cool weather and are often grown as a winter vegetable. They are quite frost tolerant.

Crops
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
45°F

Mustard germinates and grows quickly (if the soil is at least 45 degrees) so is usually planted outdoors.

Start Indoors
No
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
Water
Moderate

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.

Feeder
Moderate

High nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous. The Mustards need fertile soil to produce well.

Suitability
Tolerates light frost, Needs summer shade
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
Yes

Mustards do very well in containers, just be sure to keep the soil moist.

Attracts beneficial insects?
No
Color
Dark green leaves
Fruit Size
-"
Plant Height
12.0-24.0"
Plant Diameter
8.0-12.0"
Hardiness Zone
2-11
Disease Resistance
Taste Profile

Spicy and richly flavored.