Stunning deep purple leaves with a peppery, spicy flavor
Beautiful large Japanese type. Purple-red leaves with a delicious strong, sharp, almost garlic-like, mustard flavor. Tasty stir-fried or boiled and makes a great pickling variety.Brassicaceae Brassica juncea
Japanese Giant Red
These Japanese Mustards produce an abundance of tender greens that are mild flavored enough for salads. They are an ingredient in most commercial salad mixes. They are also a good cut-and-come-again crop as they can be harvested several times.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 21-45 (Spring/Summer), 21-55 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Hardy and can withstand early frost once plant is established.
- Spring Transplant, 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.
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 of bed.
- 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. Choose a well-draining container that has a minimum depth of 6" and fill with a mixture of potting soil and compost. Mustard Greens love full sun, although they don't like extremely hot climates. You may need to provide shade for your container if growing in the warmer months. Make sure to keep your mustard well watered. Keep the soil moist at all times. In hot climates, you may need to water twice a day.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Deep purple and green
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Garlic-like mustard flavor