Growing Tips: Mustard

Quick Reference:

Plant seed 1/8 inch deep spaced 1 to 2 inches apart. Germination: 4 to 10 days. Plant spacing in the garden, 8 to 10 inches. Shallow planting provides warmer soil but soil MUST be kept moist at all times until plants emerge.

When and where to plant:

Mustard has a sweeter flavor when grown during Alaska's long, cool days. Mustard yields excellent early greens and will grow in any type of soil. This hardy, frost resistant green is planted directly in the garden as soon as the soil can be prepared in the spring. Choose a sunny location, cultivate the soil, enrich with plant food and smooth the soil surface. Plant seed by covering lightly with fine soil, firm soil over seed and keep the soil moist until seedlings emerge. Replant short rows on 2 week intervals for continuous mild tender greens over a long season.


Grow plants fast for the best quality greens, provide plenty of water and apply plant food before planting seed.


Pick the young tender leaves as the plants grow and destroy old plants before they are mature and go to seed.