Mustard is a diverse plant which is almost entirely edible.  To learn more about how to grow mustard, click here. 

VARIETIES: Mustard varieties that grow well in Utah include, Flordia Broadleaf, Green Wave, Giant Curled, and Giant Red.

CULTIVATION:

Soil preparation: Incorporate 2-4 inches of organic matter and 4-6 cups of all-purpose fertilizer before planting.  To learn more about soil preparation, click here.

Planting:

  • Mustard can be grown from seed or transplants.
  • If planting seeds, plant 2-3 weeks before the last frost.
  • Transplants should be planted near the last frost-free date.  For the average last frost date, click here.
  • Plant the seeds ½ - 1 inch deep. 
  • Seeds or transplants should be spaced 3 inches between plants.
  • Rows should reach a distance of 12 inches apart.

Irrigation: Water requirements depend on soil type and temperatures.  Use mulch around the plants to help conserve soil moisture.  To learn more about irrigation, click here.

Fertilization: Apply ½ cup per 10 feet of row with nitrogen-based fertilizer 4 weeks after transplanting or thinning.  For more information on fertilizing, click here.

Harvest: Mustard should be harvested when the leaves reach full size.  Leaves can be cut off to within 2 inches of the soil. 

COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES: Common pests that affect mustard plants include Aphids, Cabbage Worms and Loopers, Slugs and Flea Beetles.  In addition mustard does not compete well with weeds, cultivate regularly for best results. To learn more about pests and diseases, click here.