Stunning giant red leaves with a peppery, spicy flavor
Giant Red is a full-flavored mustard. The dramatic purple-tinted leaves and green midribs add color and zest to salads and sandwiches. Mustard greens are very popular in the southern U.S. where they are generally flavored by being cooked for a long period with ham hocks or other smoked-pork products. Asian cuisines prefer them pickled or stir-fried.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
- 25-60 (Spring/Summer), 45-60 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Mustards actually prefer cool weather and are often grown as a winter vegetable. They can be extremely 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?
- Deep purple and green
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Mild peppery flavor.