Mizuna is a quick growing oriental leaf that has a sweet, mild mustardy taste that gets stronger as the wide serrated (similar to rocket) leaves mature.
The baby-leaves can be used raw in salads or the larger leaves can be added last minute to stir-fries. It is increasing in popularity due to its wide use in pre-packed mixed leaf salads, but of course there is nothing fresher than picking from your own plot.
Mizuna can be picked/snipped a few leaves at a time as cut & come again baby-leaves when they are about 10cm long or cut as a whole head all at once.
Mizuna is quick & easy to crop and can be ready in as little as 3 weeks for baby-leaf or 8-10 weeks for a mature head. It is slow to bolt making it tolerant of hot summer temperatures but do keep well watered in dry periods. It can be cropped through winter with added protection either with a cloche or in greenhouse, but it does not like it too wet or cold.
Mizuna is good for underplanting taller veg like sweetcorn or intercropping as it matures so quickly.
Mizuna Vegetable Seed Information
|Approx 350 seeds per pack.
Most soil types but best in fertile well-drained soil. Can tolerate light shade.
|When to Sow
Sow undercover from February
March to October.
|How to Sow:
Sow thinly in narrow drills 0.5cm deep. Thin seedlings to either 10cm apart for 'cut & come again' cropping or 25cm apart for larger plants.
Keep weed free & well watered in dry periods to protect from bolting but do not over water. If growing as 'cut & come again' regularly pick a few leaves at a time. After 4-5 harvests the Mibuna will deterioate & need replacing.
|Approx 3 weeks after sowing for baby leaf or up to 8 weeks for larger heads. It may possible to get all year round production with successional sowings & with good winter protection.
When to Sow Mizuna Vegetable Seeds
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