Top Questions About Mustard Plants

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Questions About Mustard Plants

Asked by
toomany45 on
June 15, 2011

Q. Harvesting Mustard Greens

When do you pick mustard greens, and what do you do about the yellow flowers?

Answered by
Heather on
June 20, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

The yellow flowers indicate that the plant is bolting. Bolting will decrease the growth of the leaves and make them more bitter. You can cut the flowers off to slow this, but they normally mark the beginning of the end of the harvest season for the greens.

Here is an article that may be helpful:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/what-is-bolting-what-it-means-when-a-plant-bolts.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 17, 2014

Q. Control of White Scales

My mustard plants have white scales at the bottom. How do I prevent and control that?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 17, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

Thank you for sending us your gardening question. Neem oil is an effective way to control scale. It is safe for plants, people, and animals (including beneficial insects). Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 11, 2014

Q. Mustard Seed

Can you plant a mustard seed from the jar that comes in the spice section? I’m not sure if those seeds have been treated or if they will grow like any other seed. Thank you!

Answered by
Nikki on
March 11, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

With culinary seeds, you never really know the age of the seeds, or their viability. Some are also heat treated to kill off insects and any bacteria, which would affect germination. Mustard can be grown from these seeds, but only if they are whole and fresh, Otherwise, you will not find much success. Nonetheless, you can still give it a go to see what happens. Many people have had luck growing them this way while others have not. Kinda like flipping a coin.

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Asked by
Connie B on
March 28, 2014

Q. Mustard Seeds

I harvest all the mustard seeds once there are flowers. When the seeds dry, do I need to put them in the refrigerator or in a brown paper bag to use next year? Also, what is the best apple tree to plant in my zone?

Thanks.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
March 28, 2014
A.

Regarding mustard seeds, this article has good information: https://urbanext.illinois.edu/hortihints/0008c.html
Regarding apple trees for your area, this article should help you out: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/publications/fruitlist.html

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 24, 2014

Q. Greens

Why are my mustard greens turning yellow?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 24, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

This can happen for many reasons. This article may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-leaves-turn-yellow.htm

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Asked by
gani on
September 14, 2014

Q. why my plant smells too bad

I had planted mustard seeds. It smell very bad. What to do to make it smell good?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
September 15, 2014
A.

Have you ever planted mustard before? It contains certain chemical compounds that make mustard so healthful; unfortunately, they also have an odor, to which you may be especially sensitive. There's nothing you can do to change the smell. But you can make sure you have nice health mustard by following the advice in this article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/mustard/growing-mustard-seed.htm

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Asked by
divya on
December 14, 2014

Q. in which soil do mustard seeds grow

Which soil can we make to use to grow mustard seeds and in which soil is it commonly grown?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
December 15, 2014
A.

Mustard likes a fertile nicely drained loam. If you don't have this type of soil in your garden, you can gradually build it by adding organic amendments. This article will tell you more, and give you a place to start learning about building the soil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/improving-garden-soil.htm
Here is more information on growing mustard: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/mustard/growing-mustard-seed.htm

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