Growing Mustard Greens

Growing Mustard Greens

Southern Giant Curled Mustard

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Cold-tolerant leafy greens with a spicy flavor. Eaten raw in salads and as a cooked green. Can be grown for spring or fall harvest. Sow directly in the garden up to 4 weeks before the last expected frost and in late summer to early fall for a late-season harvest. Plant seeds ½ inch deep and space plants 6 inches apart with 18 to 24 inches between rows. Can be started indoors 4 to 6 weeks before outdoor planting time for a faster harvest. Plant every 2 weeks for an extended harvest season. Leaves are nutritious and high in iron and vitamins A and C. Tolerant of light frosts.

Maintenance

Fast-growing plants for full sun in fertile, well-drained soil. Benefits from mulching to help keep the soil moist and cool. Hot conditions promote flowering.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), Nature's Source Plant Food Concentrate 10-4-3 (51012), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other leafy cole crops are Collards, Kale, and Arugula.

Complimentary Products

A heavy feeder that benefits from regular fertilization. Floating Row Covers can be used to exclude insect pests. Use Thuricide (55889) to naturally control caterpillars pests like loopers and cabbageworms.

Mustard Facts

Easy-to-grow and usually less troubled by pests or diseases than most other cruciferous vegetables. Aphids, caterpillars, flea beetles, slugs, clubroot, and mildew are occasional problems. Also called Indian Mustard and classified as Brassica juncea, some varieties are grown to produce oil from their seeds or used as cover crops to suppress pests and diseases in the soil.

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