The leaves of Komatsuna resemble turnip leaves with a spicy flavour which increases with maturity. Leaves can be used individually, seedling plants used whole or the flower stems can be picked when first produced. They are fast to produce, one month from sowing. Sow spring onwards and will survive winter with some cover.
The interest in what we have classed liberally as "Oriental Vegetables" increases every year. They can be used raw in salads, or lightly cooked for use in stir frys and numerous Chinese style meals. We hope you will be tempted to give something different a try.
Salad leaf can be grown all year round; outside in the spring, summer or autumn or under protection in the winter, even on your windowsill! To grow indoors ensure the developing plants receive plenty of light and are kept frost free. Then just cut off the leaves as required.
WHEN TO SOW
April to September in modules, or April to October direct outdoors
WHERE TO SOW
Can be sown directly or indoors into modules. For a babyleaf crop broadcast sow, or sow 2.5cm deep into seed drills. For mature crops sow into modules of moist well-drained seed compost. Germination takes 5-10 days. When seedlings are large enough to handle plant out with 20-50cm spacing. Successional sow every 21 days.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Can be cut back at least 2 times, simply cut as required when the plant is 10cm tall. Cut the whole plant just above the roots or 2.5cm above the roots where the plant can reshoot.