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Botanical name

Sinapis alba

Plant Care



Common name(s)



Uses in landscape design

Does well in containers.

Planting instructions

Sow small quantities every week to maintain a succession.

Soil conditions

Fertile, well-drained soil.


the flowers and leaves can be used as flavouring in salads, and stir-fries. The seeds go well, crushed and spread over fish.
Medicinal – Mustard boosts the immune system, rich in minerals, such as calcium, iron, potassium and phosphorus, and vitamins E, A, B and C. Mustard fights bronchial infections and pneumonia, it will ease constipation, arthritic and rheumatic aches and pains, and with its high alkaline content helps to dissolve painful deposits and stimulate the circulation. Mustard tea can be used for coughs and colds.

Interesting planting ideas

Cover a saucer or flat dish with clean roller towel or a new super wipe kitchen cloth and moisten well before sprinkling over the cress seeds.Three days later sprinkle the mustard seeds over the germinating cress. Keep covered, in a warm place, until the leaves start to unfold (sprout), then uncover and place in the sunlight.(You can also sow mustard and cress in separate dishes and mix the leaves when harvested.)
Plant mustard in vegetable garden, it keeps snails, nematodes and eelworms at bay. The alkaline root secretions on mustard literally changes the soil balance from acid to alkaline, so don't grow mustard near acid-loving plants. Plant near broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, fruit trees, grape vines, lettuces, mealies, potatoes and tomatoes

Interesting info

To sow mustard in the garden, spread 250g seed per 40m2; the foliage that results can be dug in as green manure. Dig in some fertilizer along with the mustard to help it rot down.


Propagate by seed,

Common pests and diseases

There should be no problems if a clean growing medium is used.


The easiest way to harvest is to cut the leaves with a pair of long-bladed scissors. The flowers can be picked as they open and the seed pods should be picked before they open. The sprouts are usually ready 8-10 days after sowing.

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