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Growing Mizuna, also Japanese Greens, Mitzuna, Mibuna

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Mizuna in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 35-50 days.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Radish, lettuce
  • Mizuna leaf
    Mizuna leaf

Mizuna and Mibuna are both grown for their leaves. Fast growing plants which have a mild mustardy flavour when young.

Tolerates light shade. Tends to bolt in hotter weather. Grows well in pots and containers - keep mulched and well-watered.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Mizuna

Leaves used raw, stir-fried, in soups. Young flowering stems can be cooked like broccoli.

Your comments and tips

12 May 17, thami (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
what the health benefits of eating the mizuna and does it retain nutrients in the soil or help the soil in any how??
15 May 17, (Australia - temperate climate)
Mizuna is high in vitamin C, folate and iron and contains a good supply of anti-oxidants. I don't know of any benefits to the soil other than help break up soil, which all plants do, and adding bulk by digging in the trash.
10 Jan 16, Vera Turnbull (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
Wgere can I get seeds or plants of Mizuna or Mibuna please?
27 Mar 16, Richard (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
I have had good results with Kings Seeds (our allotment supplier) for the last couple of years. In January I start this in a piece of gutter hanging in the greenhouse with short leaves ready in March.
28 Apr 15, Dave (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I bought a mix of asian sprouting seeds from bunnings. Didnt have much luck with one the packs sprouting and when I pulled an old plant out of a box I saw the seeds and thought I'd drop them into the soil. 4 days later there all coming up.
01 Jun 14, GB (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
Ok, a silly question … when I harvest this, is it best to cut it or pull it out?
03 Apr 14, Trevor mills (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Tell you one thing i wish coles and wollies would call it mizuna but they call it some other yuppie name . I have groown it from seed fromm forster to brisbane goes great in salads and let a few go to seed , very small but plenty . They have in prepacked salads but won,t change the name on the pachageing , Thanks Trevor
25 Mar 11, Scott (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi There Why not just buy a 30kg bag of potting mix, then make a number of holes in it and plant the Mizuna seedling strait in?
03 Dec 10, Hugo Tissera (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in Melbourne. Want to find an easy method of growing mizuna in a simple hydroponic set up under cover and hopefully grow right round the year. How long is the cropping period? What can be done to delay the plants going to seed? Your advice on this matter is much appreciated. Thanks. Hugo
19 May 13, Jeff (Australia - temperate climate)
Hugo, I live in Sydney and grow Mizuna hydroponically all year 'round. Typically I re-seed 3-4 times a year. If you harvest heavily the plants will re-shoot. I grow in cups of perlite and just sprinkle seeds sparingly on the medium. The perlite takes up the nutrient and the roots grow down through the perlite to the water level. Beware of excess heat though. Growth slows (but continues) through winter.
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Hugo, I live in Sydney and grow Mizuna hydroponically all year 'round. Typically I re-seed 3-4 times a year. If you harvest heavily the plants will re-shoot. I grow in cups of perlite and just sprinkle seeds sparingly on the medium. The perlite takes up the nutrient and the roots grow down through the perlite to the water level. Beware of excess heat though. Growth slows (but continues) through winter.

- Jeff

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