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Ruby Streaks Mustard Greens

Botanical Name: Brassica juncea

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# of seeds per packet: 250 seeds

Description

20 days baby, 45 days full size. One of the prettiest leafy vegetables we have seen - leaves are deep fuchsia-purple and highly serrated, giving the plants a frilly quality which is great for adding volume to salads. Edible at all stages from microgreens, to baby greens and beyond - baby leaves are mildly spicy while full sized plants provide quite a kick that can be mellowed and delicious with braising. Plants grow fast and are fairly cold hardy into the fall, but will bolt in the heat of the summer. Even after bolting, yellow flowers look beautiful against purple foliage. The flowers can be eaten raw as a spicy and edible garnish, while the flowering stems cook up beautifully like broccoli in a stirfry. When grown in warmer conditions or under row cover, plants may be more dark green than purple, so grow uncovered in cooler conditions for maximum "purpleness."

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Mustard greens can be grown in the spring, summer, and fall, though they prefer an air temperature range of 60 - 75° . Direct sow seeds outdoors 4/15 - 8/30. For baby greens, broadcast sow seeds ½” deep, 60 seeds per square foot. For mature leaves, sow seeds 1” apart in rows 18” apart. Days to germination: 4 - 10. Sow every 3 weeks for continuous harvest, or let them re-seed themselves to have low maintenance self-sowing, edible “weeds”. Keep well watered during hot weather. It can grow in part shade. Tolerant of light frosts.

Harvest:

Baby greens: cut entire plant with when 3 - 6” tall for cut-and-come-again baby greens (cut plant with scissors 1 - 2" above soil level so you don’t damage the growing crown.) Return for several harvests. Bigger, mature leaves can be harvested with scissors - cooking mellos the spicyness of these mature greens. Eventually the plants will begin to “bolt” (flower) and make seed. (See Seed Saving Instructions.)

Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Ruby Streaks mustard is insect pollinated and will cross with other flowering Brassica jundea species such as Osaka Mustard. Isolation distance: ½ mile. Min. pop. size: 25 - 50. Collect seeds from the best plants once pods have turned from green to tan but before seeds have been released. Clean seed as a dry-seeded crop.

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Description

20 days baby, 45 days full size. One of the prettiest leafy vegetables we have seen - leaves are deep fuchsia-purple and highly serrated, giving the plants a frilly quality which is great for adding volume to salads. Edible at all stages from microgreens, to baby greens and beyond - baby leaves are mildly spicy while full sized plants provide quite a kick that can be mellowed and delicious with braising. Plants grow fast and are fairly cold hardy into the fall, but will bolt in the heat of the summer. Even after bolting, yellow flowers look beautiful against purple foliage. The flowers can be eaten raw as a spicy and edible garnish, while the flowering stems cook up beautifully like broccoli in a stirfry. When grown in warmer conditions or under row cover, plants may be more dark green than purple, so grow uncovered in cooler conditions for maximum "purpleness."

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Mustard greens can be grown in the spring, summer, and fall, though they prefer an air temperature range of 60 - 75° . Direct sow seeds outdoors 4/15 - 8/30. For baby greens, broadcast sow seeds ½” deep, 60 seeds per square foot. For mature leaves, sow seeds 1” apart in rows 18” apart. Days to germination: 4 - 10. Sow every 3 weeks for continuous harvest, or let them re-seed themselves to have low maintenance self-sowing, edible “weeds”. Keep well watered during hot weather. It can grow in part shade. Tolerant of light frosts.

Harvest:

Baby greens: cut entire plant with when 3 - 6” tall for cut-and-come-again baby greens (cut plant with scissors 1 - 2" above soil level so you don’t damage the growing crown.) Return for several harvests. Bigger, mature leaves can be harvested with scissors - cooking mellos the spicyness of these mature greens. Eventually the plants will begin to “bolt” (flower) and make seed. (See Seed Saving Instructions.)

Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Ruby Streaks mustard is insect pollinated and will cross with other flowering Brassica jundea species such as Osaka Mustard. Isolation distance: ½ mile. Min. pop. size: 25 - 50. Collect seeds from the best plants once pods have turned from green to tan but before seeds have been released. Clean seed as a dry-seeded crop.

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