Mustard, Tatsoi (Brassica rapa) - 100 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 4-10
Tatsoi (pronounced taht-SOY) is a non-heading mustard that is very similar in flavor to bok choi. Tatsoi plants tend to grow in a flatter rosette than bok choi, with long, spoon-shaped leaves. You may find them sold loose leaf or bunched together like celery. If you'd like to try your hand at growing tatsoi, you'll be pleased to learn how undemanding it is. As with most of the Asian greens, it grows quickly and with few problems. Tatsoi leaves grow in a low, somewhat flattened rosette. The crisp stalks are a pale green and the spoon-shaped leaves are much darker. Tatsoi flowers have the familiar four-petal cross of plants in the cruciferous family. These greens can be planted in spring (for an early summer harvest) or in late summer (for a fall harvest).They grow quickly and can be ready for harvest in as few as 20 days.
Prepare the soil with compost or organic matter; Chinese cabbage prefers full sun or partial shade, and grow best in temperatures from 45-75 F (7-24 C). Direct seeding works best, about 4-6 weeks before the last average spring frost date. Plant seeds about 12" apart in rows about 12" apart; germination should take place in about 10 days. For a fall crop, direct sow in July.
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