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40 to 50 Days to maturity. Brassica juncea var rugosa. Miike Giant Mustard Seeds. Non-GMO, annual heirloom. This broad-leafed, ruby-veined, loosely-headed mustard actually gets pretty big! It can be up to 18 inches tall and needs a bit more space than many other types of mustard. It is good for spring or fall planting. In cooler climates, it can be grown to full maturity in the spring, but in warmer areas, it should be grown in the fall for full growth. A perfect addition to a bountiful spring or fall garden harvest. Approx 18,400 seeds / oz.
Other Common Names: Indian mustard, broad leaf mustard, red giant mustard, aba kola, aka takana, cai xanh, chuk gai choi, dai gai choy, da jie cai, gai cai, gai choy, gat, jiu la choi, kaai tsai, kai choi, kai tsoi, karashina, leaf mustard, moster, mustard green, mustasa, phakkaat khieo, rai, sawi, sawi hijau, sawi pahit, sawi sawi, sesawi, taai kaai tsai, taniku takana.
How to Grow Miike Giant Mustard
Plant the seeds directly in the garden starting at about 4-6 weeks before the last frost for spring planting, or late summer to early fall for a fall harvest. This plant matures pretty quickly, but will bolt in high temperatures. Plant additional rows every 2 weeks for a continuous harvest. Plant the seeds 0.5 inches deep, starting at 4 inches apart. Leave them at this distance for the baby greens, and thin them to 8 inches apart for full-sized greens. Keep the soil moist by watering regularly. They will bolt in higher temperatures. Harvest the full plant before this happens, as warm temperatures make the greens bitter. Starting the seeds in early fall allows more time for growth.
Harvesting Miike Giant Mustard
For baby greens, trim the outer leaves when they are 3-6 inches tall. Keep trimming the outer leaves. If you are growing some plants to full size, you can harvest every other plant when they are right at 6 inches tall, keeping the remaining plants 8 inches apart. This will give you nice baby greens and allow the remaining Miike Giant Mustard plants to reach full maturity with space to grow.
For fully mature plants, trim individual outer leaves off at the bottom once they are full-sized, 12 to 18 inches in length. This will allow the plant to keep growing. When the entire plant is fully grown and mature, cut the plant at the base.
These delicious broad-leafed greens are great for sandwiches or as a salad green. They can be stir-fried, used in soups, or pickled. Try traditional Indian mustard greens by boiling, puré-ing, and stir-frying with garlic and hot peppers. Then serve on Indian naan or your preferred style of bread.
Tips From Our Gardeners
"Growing different varieties of mustard is one of my favorite fall projects. I have found that mustard is a cool-weather crop, grown most easily in the fall. Sunlight is an important thing to prioritize. Mustard does fine in some partial shade, but it does need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. For growing in the springtime into the summer, it’s ok to shade the plants at midday to keep them a bit cooler. In the fall, I make sure that they are positioned to get as much sunlight as possible!"
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