This India Mustard, also referred to as Giant Japanese or Miike Purple, is easy to grow, vigorous and is good in stir fries, quickly boiled, or pickled. Plant early in spring or mid-summer for fall harvests. Grow 1’ tall with large, slightly fringed leaves of a deep purplish red. Winter-hardy and slow to bolt. Indian mustard is relatively resistant to pests & disease. Flavor is mustardy, not really “hot” until it starts to bolt. In addition to spicing up salads, try a few leaves on a sandwich.
Germination: 4-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: ¼" deep
Starting Indoors: Start 3-4 weeks before planting outside. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot, thinning to one per cell/pot. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperatures. Transplant 12” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Starting in spring when soil temperature reaches at least 55-60ºF, into late summer. Sow 1-3” apart, thin to 12”, for mature leaves. Sow 1/2-1" apart for baby greens. Sow every 3 weeks for a continuous harvest.
How much does a packet plant: 12 foot single row
Harvest: Mature greens- cut at 12-18", Baby greens - cut at 3-6"
Tips: Plant in fertile, well drained soil. Work in compost or well rotted manure into your soil before planting. Provide adequate, even moisture for the best growth, especially from the middle to end of summer. Mulching helps retain moisture.