Red Dragon

Quick Facts:

    • Look nice in salad mixes
    • Frilled purple leaves
    • Slow to bolt in summer
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 35 days

Red Dragon

Description:

Sow Red Dragon mustard seeds at any time of the year for fast growing, mildly flavoured mustard greens. The leaves resemble oak leaves, but are a rich purple colour, with bronze-green margins and deep purple veins. This mustard does not require warm soil for germination, so it's an excellent pick for early spring and late fall cropping. It has been bred for fast growth and resistance to bolting, so it is slower to go to seed in summer heat than many others. The flavour is quite like mizuna, with a very subtle horseradish overtone, but without the heat of some of the other mustards.

Matures in 35 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
1g (approx. 850 seeds) MU558A $3.69 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
5g (approx. 4250 seeds) MU558B $8.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
25g (approx. 21250 seeds) MU558C $24.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
100g (approx. 85000 seeds) MU558D $69.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
500g (approx. 425000 seeds) MU558E $289.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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Quick Facts:

    • Look nice in salad mixes
    • Frilled purple leaves
    • Slow to bolt in summer
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 35 days

How To Grow

Easy to grow, versatile in the kitchen, and packed with vitamins and minerals, these plants produce edible leaves and stalks and many can be grown year round. It’s worth getting to know these varieties better. All varieties can be used to grow micro-greens and sprouts. Continue reading below to learn how to grow mustard greens from seed.

Latin
Brassica juncea & Brassica rapa
Family: Brassicaceae

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Season: Cool-season
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Timing
Mustards are cool season plants that grow quickly and then bolt. Direct sow with frost protection as early as late winter or without protection from early to late spring. Sowing short rows every 3 weeks allows for a continuous harvest of both baby leaves and full sized plants. Sow again in late summer for late fall and winter harvests. Optimal soil temperature: 21°C (70°F). Seeds should sprout in 5-10 days.

Starting
If growing to full size, sow 3-4 seeds in each spot you want a plant to grow. Sow 5mm-1cm (¼-½”) deep and thin to the strongest plant, spaced 10-15cm (4-6″) in the row. All mustards can be grown in containers for baby salad greens. Sow these as you would mesclun mixes, with seeds spaced as near as possible to 1cm (½”) apart.

Days to Maturity: From direct sowing.

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.5. One cup of complete organic fertilizer will provide nutrition for 3m (10′) of row. Water regularly. Expect mustards to bolt in hot weather. Provide protection in winter by using a cloche or heavy row cover. At all other times, plan on growing fast and harvesting fast, like spinach. Planting short rows every two weeks works best for the home garden for a constant harvest.

Harvest
Cut individual leaves, or the whole plant at whatever stage of maturity you desire. Young leaves tend to be more tender and less powerfully flavoured as mature leaves. Some varieties will develop a slight bitterness in fully mature leaves. The leaves can be blanched (or run through a food processor) and then frozen, or even dried and flaked for soup mixes. But the plants are so cold hardy, fresh leaves should be available to the determined gardener 12 months of the year. Whole plants can also be pickled for long term storage.

Seed Info
In optimal conditions at least 70% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 400 seeds, per acre: 174M seeds.

Diseases & Pests
Slugs and woodlice (sow bugs) may nibble young seedlings, but overall, these plants are trouble free. Keep the garden free from debris and excess water, where both of these pests like to go during the day. If leaves show lots of tiny holes, flea beetles are the problem. Prevent early spring infestations by using lightweight row cover.