Mustard Green, Red Giant
Planting low maintenance mustard greens in your garden will help you add tasty, fresh flavor to your leafy green harvest. Mustards are hardy, cool-season leaf crops that grow rapidly and have a rosette of large light or dark green curly leaves. Leaves and leaf stalks are edible and have a peppery flavor and the seeds can be ground and used as a condiment. Mustards are a cut-and-come-again crop, giving you plenty of harvests throughout their growing period.
This colorful red giant variety is a very slow bolting, broadleaf mustard with deep, purple-tinted leaves and green steams. Its somewhat spicy mustard flavor makes it a great addition to your salad green mixes. It can tolerate warmer weather but also thrives in part shade. It’s more insect resistant than other mustards making it a great companion to other plants.
Days to Maturity: 21 baby leaf; 45 full size
Plant size: 18” tall
Plant spacing: 10-12” apart for mature plants, 2-4” apart for baby leaf
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Give your mustards plenty of sun to partial shade, in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. They will need 2 inches of rainwater a week.
Pruning: Prune off yellow leaves.
Harvesting: Harvest mustard greens while the leaves are young and tender. Older leaves will get tough and increasingly bitter as they get older. You can harvest as needed and come back for more or harvest the entire plant once mature.
Culinary: Mustard greens don't last long, so use what you harvest within a few days. When raw, they have a similar taste to wasabi making them great in salads, coleslaws, pesto, and other dishes. Cooking will mellow the flavor, but it will still add a delicious, spicy mustard flavor to your dishes. Mature leaves are excellent for pickling, cooking, and juicing.
Nutrients: Mustard greens are packed with energy-boosting, heart-healthy nutrients and are rich in important plant compounds and micronutrients, specifically vitamins A, C, and K.
Companion planting: Plant near alfalfa cover crops, fruit trees, grapes, mint, tansy, yarrow, dill, fennel, corn, peas, jasmine, clematis, yarrow, peas, rosemary, thyme, beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, onions, cucumber, and buckwheat. Keep away from sunflower, soybeans, dried beans. Stimulates growth of companion plants, tall, vining plants can provide shade.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.