Brassica rapa var. perviridis
This plant has no fragrance
Brassica rapa var. perviridis is commonly known as Komatsuna. This hardy, leafy green is a variety of the Japanese mustard spinach that is technically a brassica. However; its tolerance of cold weather makes it a popular choice for northern hemisphere gardeners to grow over the winter months and it is less likely to bolt when the weather warms up. High in calcium, Iron, Vitamins A and C, this mild mustard tasting green leaf develops more of a bite as the leaves mature. So it is recommended to pick smaller leaves regularly.
Common problems with Komatsuna
Cabbage aphids, cabbage root maggot, cabbageworms , flea Beetles and cutworms may affect cabbages. Control by keeping beds weed free and handpick worms. Avoid wetting foliage if possible to prevent Alternaria porri.
How to harvest Komatsuna
Leaves can be harvested within a few weeks of sowing.
How to propagate Komatsuna
Do not sow too early in the summer as the plant will bolt. Sowing time should be late summer/autumn with a spacing of 30 cm. Sow between 10 - 15 mm deep.
Special features of Komatsuna
Heavy Feeder; alternate with legumes, light feeders or other heavy feeders.
Can be grown in containers at least 20cm across.
Other uses of Komatsuna
Edible to Sow Under Cover in May
Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.
Edibles to Plant Out in June
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