(45 days) Brassica rapa (narinosa group) Open pollinated. What grows quickly, can be seeded as late as August, withstands frost and is, according to Orlando Sentinel columnist Sherry Boas, “just as versatile as spinach”? Yes, Tatsoi, also known as Tah Tsai. Anne Elder has picked it all fall into December even after a snow melt. Remains sweet and unburnt by cold during mild winters. “A dream come true for snow-dwelling beings craving greens.” Spoon-shaped thick dark green leaves make beautiful compact rosettes with mild brassica flavor. Make great microgreens. Also good in place of lettuce in sandwiches, stir-fried, in quiche, lasagna or soup. Will come back when cut. An essential ingredient in our salads and mesclun. ~13,600 seeds/oz. Tested negative for BR and BL.Cold-hardy through at least part of the Maine winter.⑤
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ALTS: Alternaria Leaf Spot
BSR: Bacterial Soft Rot
DM: Downy Mildew
Major pests: Cabbage Looper, Diamondback Moth, Imported Cabbageworm Cultural controls: control cabbage-family weeds near crop fields, till under crop debris of early-season brassicas after harvest. Materials: Spinosad, Bt.
Pest: Flea Beetle Cultural controls: floating row covers, mulch with straw, time plantings for fall harvested crops only, crop rotation, perimeter trap cropping. Materials: Spinosad, Pyganic.
Pest: Cabbage Root Maggot Cultural controls: time planting to avoid first hatching, use row covers, control weeds.
Major diseases: Black Rot, Alternaria Leaf Spot, Blackleg, Club Root, Downy Milldew, White Mold Cultural controls: avoid transplanting plants with yellow leaves or v-shaped lesions, crop rotation, destroy crop debris after harvest, avoid overhead irrigation, control weeds, allow for good air movement. Materials: Actinovate, copper compounds may help for some of these diseases.
Note: We cannot ship packets greater than ½ oz. (14 grams) of Brassica greens into the Willamette Valley. The State of Oregon prohibits shipping any commercial quantity of untreated Brassica, Raphanus or Sinapis because of a quarantine to control Blackleg.