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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 = Sow seed

  • 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
  • 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

28 Dec 18, Christine Morrison (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Where can I buy Mustard lettuce seeds in Australia?
04 Dec 17, Albert Nhlanhla (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where can I get mustard greens seeds in Durban
05 Jul 17, Irina shopova (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi and thanks! Any information, regards organised planting will be helpful. We have selfsefitiant garden.
07 Jul 17, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It says 35-60 cm apart. I would suggest plants 40-50 cm between them and rows 40-50cm apart.
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)
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