Southern Giant Curled Mustard is an heirloom, open-pollinated variety that has been a staple of southern gardens for many decades. This variety produces heavy-yields of large, curled leaves with that traditional “mustard green” flavor. Mustard greens are a great crop for spring and fall gardens because they can tolerate some heat as well as a light frost. In fact, a light frost will tend to sweeten the leaves and improve the flavor. Southern Giant Curled Mustard holds well in the field in late spring and doesn’t get bitter when temperatures warm from spring into summer. This allows for a longer harvesting window so that the entire crop doesn’t have to be harvested at one time. This mustard variety is great prepared raw or cooked. If you like the spiciness of the mustard leaves, it makes a great complement to any salad. If you prefer a milder flavor, cooking will reduce some of the spiciness in the raw leaves.
Southern Giant Curled Mustard may be direct-seeded or transplanted, depending on the desired harvest. If smaller leaves are desired, direct seed with a walk-behind seeder and plant densely in a 2-3′ bed. Harvest with a sharp knife once leaves have grown to the desired size. New leaves will continue to emerge for repeat harvests throughout the growing season. If larger bunches and leaves are desired, transplanting might be the best option. We recommend starting transplants 3-4 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Mustard transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray.
Southern Giant Curled Mustard Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 1″
Row Spacing: N/A”
Days to Maturity: 50
Disease Tolerance: None