Mustard - Heading Mustard Greens (Brassica juncea var. crispifolia) Non GMO Organic - Vegetable
Heading mustard greens, scientifically known as Brassica juncea var. crispifolia, are a vibrant and versatile leafy green. They are characterized by their tightly packed, upright growth, which forms a central head of lush, crinkled leaves. The leaves have a rich green color and a slightly peppery, mustard-like flavor, which adds zing to a variety of culinary dishes. These greens are a popular choice for salads, sandwiches, and stir-fries, making them a must-have in your garden.
Heading mustard greens are a delightful addition to your garden and kitchen, providing a fresh and zesty taste to your meals. Following these growing instructions will help you cultivate healthy and flavorful mustard greens for your culinary creations.
- **1. Location:** Heading mustard greens thrive in cool weather. Choose a location that receives partial to full sun. In hotter climates, plant them in a spot with afternoon shade to prevent them from bolting prematurely.
- **2. Soil Preparation:** Prepare well-drained, fertile soil. Amend the soil with compost or organic matter to improve its nutrient content and moisture retention. Mustard greens prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil.
- **3. Sowing Seeds:** Plant seeds directly in the garden in early spring or late summer for a fall crop. Sow the seeds ¼ inch deep and space them about 6 inches apart in rows that are 12-18 inches apart.
- **4. Watering:** Keep the soil consistently moist, as mustard greens prefer even moisture. Water deeply and regularly, especially during dry periods. Avoid overhead watering to prevent leaf diseases.
- **5. Thinning:** When the seedlings are a few inches tall, thin them to maintain proper spacing. Leave about 6-8 inches between plants. The thinned seedlings can be used in salads or as microgreens.
- **6. Fertilization:** Apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer according to the instructions on the packaging. Fertilize when you sow the seeds and again when the plants are about 4-6 weeks old.
- **7. Pest and Disease Control:** Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids and cabbage worms. Use organic pest control methods or pesticides if necessary. Rotate crops to prevent soil-borne diseases.
- **8. Harvesting:** Heading mustard greens can be harvested when the leaves are young and tender, typically 30-45 days after planting. You can harvest the whole head by cutting it at the base or pick individual leaves. Harvesting the outer leaves promotes continued growth.
- Seed Count: 1 gram