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Chinese Thick-Stem Mustard OG

(47 days mesclun, 62 full size) Brassica juncea Open-pollinated. When farmer-breeder Brett Grohsgal passed out samples of his winter-hardy greens at two workshops at a PASA conference, this green mustard was the hands-down favorite. Grohsgal believes this mustard has the “best balance between sweet succulence and moderate pungency of any of the five I grow.” He called it Thick-Stem in honor of its enlarged midribs that give a heavier harvest for the farmer and better mass for the restaurant or home chef. Terrific for mesclun and an excellent cut-and-come-again performer with fast regrowth. Grohsgal has bred it for 100% freeze tolerance in Maryland. It survived our overwintering test in Maine. Needs good soil fertility, prefers clay or loam to sand, dislikes drought but can take wet. Breeder Royalties. Cold-hardy through at least part of the Maine winter.
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3257B: 1/8oz for $3.20  
3257C: 1/2oz for $11.00  
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Mustard

~15,600 seeds per oz. 116 oz packet sows 40 ft. Versatile for tasty microgreens. Incorporating the residues of mustard crops into your soil can reduce fungal diseases in your succession crop. Mustards are potent soil fumigants. See Yellow Mustard for mustard as a cover crop, and Yellow (White) Mustard for culinary mustard.

Asian Greens

Diseases:

  • 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, Mycotrol.

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.