Green Mizuna Kyoto Organic 10 x 3cm Vegetable Plug Plants
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Mizuna is a leafy herb that is a common feature of Japanese cookery and can be commonly found as a part of a bag of mixed salad in the supermarket. The dark-green, serrated leaves of this salad leaf herb have a peppery, slightly bitter taste that pairs very well with sweeter salad leaves, but it really comes to life if pickled and used as a garnish for fish or curry dishes.
How to grow Mizuna at home
Plant your Mizuna plug plant in a well-draining, but moist soil that receives partial sun throughout the day. Mix some well-rotted manure or compost into the soil before introducing your plant for the best results. This is an easy to look after herb that can mostly be left alone, but you do need to pay some attention to how often you water it. Dry soil will cause your mizuna to bold and become woody and inedible. Water regularly to keep the soil moist, but not too wet. Avoid adding fertiliser to your mix as it will cause the herb to lose flavour.
How do you harvest Mizuna?
Your Mizuna can be harvested throughout the year when the leaves have fully formed. To harvest, simply pick the leaves you want just before you are ready to use them. It is a good idea to prune or harvest your leaves regularly to encourage constant growth and to stop the leaves from becoming too bitter.
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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