Scarlet Red Tatsoi (Brassica rapa subsp. narinosa) Non GMO - Organic Vegetable
Scarlet Red Tatsoi, scientifically known as Brassica rapa subsp. narinosa 'Scarlet Red,' is a vibrant and visually striking member of the mustard family. This unique Asian green is prized for its tender, spoon-shaped leaves that form dense rosettes. As the name suggests, its leaves are a brilliant shade of scarlet red, making it an eye-catching addition to both the garden and the plate.
The flavor of Scarlet Red Tatsoi is mild, with a subtle mustard-like tang, and it adds a delightful peppery note to salads, stir-fries, and other culinary creations. This versatile green is not only delicious but also packed with essential vitamins and nutrients, making it a healthy choice for any garden and kitchen.
- **1. Location:** Choose a location for Scarlet Red Tatsoi that receives partial to full sunlight. While it can tolerate some shade, it thrives in well-lit areas with at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day.
- **2. Soil Preparation:** Prepare the soil by amending it with organic matter like compost to enhance fertility and moisture retention. Tatsoi prefers well-draining, loamy soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH (around 6.0 to 7.0).
- **3. Planting:** Sow Scarlet Red Tatsoi seeds directly in the garden or start them indoors and transplant seedlings once they are sturdy enough. Space the plants about 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) apart to allow room for growth.
- **4. Watering:** Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Tatsoi appreciates regular, even watering to prevent bolting (premature flowering) and ensure succulent leaves.
- **5. Fertilization:** Apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer or organic compost to the soil before planting. Additionally, you can provide a light feeding of liquid fertilizer during the growing season to promote healthy growth.
- **6. Thin Seedlings:** If you've planted Tatsoi densely, thin the seedlings to the recommended spacing to prevent overcrowding and competition for resources.
- **7. Pest and Disease Management:** Monitor for common garden pests like aphids and flea beetles, which may affect Tatsoi. Employ organic pest control methods or appropriate solutions if needed. Good garden hygiene helps prevent disease.
- **8. Harvesting:** Harvest the outer leaves of Scarlet Red Tatsoi when they are young and tender, usually after about 4-6 weeks from planting. You can use scissors or gently snap off the leaves at the base. Leave the inner leaves to continue growing for future harvests.
- Scarlet Red Tatsoi is a stunning addition to any garden, and its vibrant leaves bring both color and flavor to your culinary creations. By following these growing instructions, you can enjoy a bountiful supply of this nutritious and visually appealing Asian green.
- Seed count: 40