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Mustard is a cool-season leaf crop. Sow mustard as early as 4 to 6 weeks before the average last frost date in spring. Sow succession crops every 4 to 6 weeks. Mustard requires 30 to 40 days to reach harvest. Plant crops so that they come to harvest before temperature average greater than 24°C. Sow mustard in autumn or early winter in mild winter regions. Seeds may be slow to germinate if the soil is too cool, 5°C or less. Mustard grown in hot weather or long days will bolt and go to seed.
Mustard is a hardy leaf vegetable with a rosette of large light or dark green curly leaves that grow to 1m tall. Leaves and leaf stalks are eaten and have a peppery flavour. The seeds can be ground and used as a condiment.