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Growing Mustard greens, also gai choy

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec

(Best months for growing Mustard greens in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 14 - 24 inches apart
  • Harvest in 5-8 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, camomile)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chilli, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry
  • Leaf mustard
    Leaf mustard
  • Red Japanese mustard
    Red Japanese mustard

Green leafy plant, popular for Asian cooking.

Grow fast with plenty of water and regular feeds of liquid manure to avoid bitterness. Pick young.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Mustard greens

Use young leaves in salad for a 'spicy kick'. Add to stir fry.

Your comments and tips

16 Dec 14, Anni (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I use the same seed from pantry. Germinated well.
19 Aug 14, Sue (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi I would like to try to grow mustard to make my own mustard. I am in the Lockyer Valley Qld. What type old grow best and where can I buy the seed. Thank Sue
14 Nov 14, Joseph D (Australia - tropical climate)
You should grow white mustard if your planning to make the condiment. Other varieties are grown more for leaf.
15 Feb 14, chris lamprell (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Where can I find some seeds or a plant as nurseries don't seem to stock it Chris
16 Mar 14, sandy (Australia - temperate climate)
hey chris, i like greenpatch seeds. i just bought mustard greens from them. my order took awhile because of state quarantine rules, but their customer service person let me know in advance. this is the second time i've ordered from them, and am really happy with them as a source of garden stuff.
17 Feb 14, warwick (Australia - temperate climate)
27 Aug 13, Lindsay (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Have grown a good crop not sure of the best way to eat them
28 Aug 13, Cecilia (Australia - temperate climate)
I use bok choy a lot, which may be cooked in similar ways. Usually: wash the leaves, shake or pat dry, shred leaves, lightly sauté in olive oil with some chopped garlic and/or ginger, add a small splash of liquid (something acidic like lemon juice, ver juice or left-over wine, a dash of mirin and tamari or fish sauce), cover and steam over moderate heat for a few minutes.
12 Jul 13, Wayne (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
where can I buy Mustard lettuce seeds or seedlings in Durban or the closest place to Durban?
28 Apr 16, Doné (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Just got hold of mustard greens seed, packaged by Kirchhoffs (a popular seed supplier, stocked at most nurseries and co-ops, alongside other brands like Mayford and Starke Ayres). The package unfortunately doesn't say what type of mustard greens it is, but gauging by the image on the pack, I'd say it looks like Southern Giant Curled.
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