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Komatsuna 'Carlton' F1 Hybrid Brassica rapa

Just £2.69

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One of Japan's best kept secrets! Vigorous and easy to grow, this Oriental vegetable can be picked as baby leaves in as little as 25 days, or left to grow on for tall, leafy heads of up to 200g (7oz), in just 60 days from sowing. With excellent heat and frost tolerance, Komatsuna 'Carlton' can be grown all year round, withstanding British summers well and making a superb greenhouse crop for winter and spring cultivation. These tasty Komatsuna leaves have a mild Brassica flavour and are delicious steamed, stir-fried, or enjoyed raw in salads. Height and spread: 25cm (10").

Patio, Kitchen Garden, Greenhouse


Full sun, Sun or semi shade

25cm (9.8in)

25cm (9.8in)

Sowing Months Harvest Months

Japanese mustard spinach must be kept well watered throughout the growing period to reduce bolting and prevent flavour loss. Harvest young komatsuna leaves as required, picking only a few leaves from each plant. Alternatively allow heads to mature and harvest the entire plant as you would cabbage. If flower buds appear pinch them out to prolong cropping.

Direct sow komatsuna seeds from April to September outdoors or October to March under glass, into well prepared, moist, well drained soil in sun or semi shade. Sow seeds thinly at a depth of 12mm (1/2 in) in drills 35cm (14") apart in soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. When large enough to handle, thin komatsuna seedlings to 10cm (4") apart for 'baby salad' leaves, 20cm (8") apart for larger plants or 30cm (12") apart for fully mature plants.

Alternatively sow komatsuna seeds singularly in module trays filled with good quality, moist seed-sowing compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 15-20C (59-68F) until after germination which usually takes 7-14 days. Once germinated, grow komatsuna plants on in cool conditions until all risk of frost has passed and they are large enough to plant outdoors at a distance of 30cm (12") apart. Water the plants thoroughly after planting. Sowings made in late summer will continue cropping into winter if protected by cloches, or if sown in frames, under glass, or in pots on the windowsill.


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