How to Grow Mustard – Brassica alba. Hirta
How to Grow Mustard
Mustard – Brassica alba. Hirta
White mustard is a member of thefamily and best known for its part in ‘mustard and ’. It is an annual plant and a native of Britain.
Brassica sinapoioides nigra
Black or brown mustard is not really suitable for salad purposes, since the leaves are so hot and unpalatable. In the Eastern world black mustard grows to tree-like proportions.
The culture of white mustard or rape is exactly the same as for cress. Sow in a temperature of not less than 10°C otherwise growth will be poor. Too much heat causes the leaves to become limp and thin. Mustard can be grown in the greenhouse, frame or under cloches.
Grown in the open, the foliage is liable to become gritty and beaten down by heavy rains. The aim should be to sow regularly and often and three days after cress if it is intended that both crops should mature together. For a square metre of mustard about 1/2lb of seed is needed.