Giant Red Mustard Organic 10 x 3cm Vegetable Plug Plants
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Mustard is a much more versatile plant in the kitchen than most people give it credit for. We have become used to the yellow condiment that we sometimes use in the kitchen, but the leaves of this plant also have their place in the kitchen. The giant red mustard produces large, serrated, red and green leaves. The leaves have a crunchy texture and a mild mustard flavour that has a slightly sweet edge. These leaves are best used raw as a garnish or as part of a salad where their slightly spicy flavour will bring your cooking to whole new levels.
How to grow giant red mustard at home
Plant your mustard plug plant in a well-draining soil that receives sun throughout the day. Water the plant lightly only when the soil has become dry and only do so until it is slightly moist to the touch. You should avoid fertilising your plant at all as it may cause the leaves to lose their flavour.
How do you harvest giant red mustard?
The leaves can be harvested as soon as the leaves are about an inch long. To harvest them, simply pick the leaves you want just before you wish to use them. If you leave the plant longer the plant will begin to produce seeds. If you wish to harvest these, you should do so before they are fully ride and begin to self-seed. This should be done when the seeds turn brown. To harvest them, remove the stems from the plant and strip each one with your fingers to pull the seeds off. After this you can dry them to use as a spice in your cooking.
What are plug plants?
Plug plants are very young plants that come ready to go in the ground. They are grown in single units in modular trays and be either seedlings or cuttings. Buying plug plants lets you fill your beds and borders easily, and in a way that is stress-free for your plant since it allows for little root disturbance.
How do you plant a plug plant?
When you first get your plant home, remove any packaging except for the pot. Place the plant in a warm and sunny space for 2-4 hours to let them recover and acclimatise. You should try to plant your plug the same day if you can. To do this, dig a hole in your desired place that is slightly larger than the root ball and soil around it and put the plug inside. Cover with the existing earth and press down lightly. Water well for the first week to help the plant establish itself and feed with an all-purpose feed after 3 weeks.
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