GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFO: ALL/ Matures 7-11/ Harvest 2-4/ Spacing 10"/
DAYS TO MATURITY: 21 for baby greens; 45 for full size
SEED CODE: C
SEEDS PER PACKET: 80
APPROXIMATE GERMINATION DAYS: 10-14
SOIL TEMPERATURE FOR GERMINATION: 75F
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/4-1/2"
WHEN TO PLANT: Early Spring & Late Summer/Fall
PACKET INSTRUCTIONS: Start seeds in pots or garden in spring or in late summer to early fall. Resents root disturbance, so transplant carefully or direct-sow 15" apart (closer for baby greens). This variety does better in cooler seasons. Appreciates compost and moisture, but isn't fussy. May be harvested a leaf at a time or allowed to heard up and cut as a head. Leaves, stems and flowers are all edible and can be steamed or stir-fried, added to salad, etc…
BOTANICAL NAME: Brassica rapa
DESCRIPTION: An entirely different kind of brassica, with no mustardy flavor. White stalks and very glossy green leaves are good for salad, steamed or stir-fry. Sometimes called "mustard spinach." This green is easy to grow, unfazed by heat, very cold-hardy, with mild, sweet flavor. Good choice for winter and early spring salads. The stalks, leaves and flowers are all edible.
An In_House Customer Review:
I find vitamin greens to be an excellent green, hardy and productive. As a brassica it is loaded with healthy nutrients, but has little of that brassica taste. You can grow it summer or winter around Willits. My winter crops of vitamin greens survived down to 17 degrees, and the summer crops were holding fine when all the lettuces and like were bolting like mad. This year’s winter “crop” is finally bolting in Mid-March after the warmest (and driest) winter on record, and I expect my volunteer summer greens to come in as these go out.
I originally planted it in a raised-bed but unbeknownst to me it dripped seed down on ground which was about 70% rock (ergo the raised bed), and sprouted and was doing fine. The next year it had grown into a modest patch, competing well with the weeds. It does get watered when needed. Small plants have also sprung up in other adjoining ground-level beds – not hard to weed if that is a problem. So it is a very nutritious, somewhat invasive weed. So long as it is a nutritious tasty green I feel, “Let it spread”, and where you don’t want it, just pull it out (it’s not hard to weed).
The leaves are soft and pliable but crinkly, that is, it is more like a loose-leaf mild-tasting cabbage, or a winter romaine lettuce. I in fact will use it as lettuce if it is a strong tasting sandwich. As potherb it steams down quickly, with a very mild flavor, and quite juicy."
Bill Bruneau, Bountiful Gardens