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Mustard, Southern Giant Curled

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All-America Selections winner for 1935 and long-time southern favorite with mild, mustardy flavor.

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With crumpled, frilled edges, the bright green leaves impart a mild, mustardy flavor. Served raw, the young leaves are tasty in salads-they're also delicious lightly stir-fried or sauteed. Superb candidate for freezing or canning. Cold-resistant and slow to bolt, the large, upright and vigorous plants spread to 18-24". Harvest young leaves in about 50 days or more mature leaves in about 70.
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Mustard, Southern Giant Curled
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Item #: 53205A
1 Pkt.(530 Seeds)
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

50-70 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-24 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

20-24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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How to Sow

  • For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Sow in average well-worked soil in full sun. Do not plant where members of the cabbage family were planted in the past two years. Plant in early spring and again in midsummer for a fall crop.
  • In rows 24 inches apart, sow seeds evenly and cover with ½ inch fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • For continuous harvest, sow every 14 days until the weather becomes hot.
  • Thin gradually to stand 12 inches apart starting when seedlings are about 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Harvest young foliage when it reaches 6-8 inches long, about 45 days after sowing.
  • Pick the lower leaves or harvest the entire plant at once before the foliage becomes too tough.
  • For a fall harvest, pick after a light frost as the frost improves the flavor.
  • Stop picking once plants flower as the leaves will become bitter-tasting. Flowers are also edible.
  • Mustard is great for salads or as cooked greens. You can also boil or sauté the foliage.
  • Refrigerate the harvest to preserve until used.
  • You can also blanch and freeze the leaves. They may also be pickled.
Days To Maturity
50-70 days
Full Sun
18-24 inches
20-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
12 inches
Life Cycle
Mustard, Southern Giant Curled is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Mustard I grow these every spring and fall. They are easy to grow and delicious.
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ever Mustard! Can't say enough about this Mustard. It's mild, tender and delicious! So pretty too. Kinda surprised this is the first review, as my garden is never without them in spring and fall. If you love mustard, this one is great, if your unsure, this is the one to try. We like to pick on the young side. Boil in a bit of water for 5-10 min, drain, cool (with water is quicker), rough chop, back in pot with a bit of oil and freshly chopped garlic, Kosher salt/Pepper... HEAVEN
Date published: 2012-11-15
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