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May 26, 2020 7:58 PM CST
Denver, CO
Hi! First year gardener here, really into it. Going very well!

Attached photos are some mustard plants grown for the greens. I bought them at a local nursery about two weeks ago (early May). They were Already hardened off and I planted them in my raised bed with irrigation system watering regularly. It's now late May and they're starting to send up flower stalks (I guess you'd call them). I do have some tomato plants with flowers and tomatillo with lots of flowers but for some reason I have it in my head to be concerned that these mustard plants are bolting. I don't think it has been too hot and my broccoli is not bolting. What do you think?

Also if they are bolting I saw a video about cutting kale at the base and allowing it to grow back up, would that work here?

Thanks in advance!

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May 27, 2020 9:50 AM CST
Name: Sally
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Hi, I have grown that red mustard, yes it is bolting, and I am pretty sure (but not 100% sure) that you cannot stop that.
I had several early spring brassicas on trial this year, they have all bolted, it is due to day length.
My kale is NOT bolted and I think kale is less sensitive to day length. Mustard may not behave like the kale they cut back.

Try cutting the flowers and see. Or wait for other opinions.
Plant it and they will come.
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May 27, 2020 10:50 AM CST
Denver, CO
sallyg said:Hi, I have grown that red mustard, yes it is bolting, and I am pretty sure (but not 100% sure) that you cannot stop that.
I had several early spring brassicas on trial this year, they have all bolted, it is due to day length.
My kale is NOT bolted and I think kale is less sensitive to day length. Mustard may not behave like the kale they cut back.

Try cutting the flowers and see. Or wait for other opinions.



Shoot! I will try cutting flowers right away, I can always try cutting leaves too later.

Thank you!
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May 27, 2020 12:26 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
Let's all play ukulele
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: United States of America Cat Lover Birds Butterflies
Leaves can get spicy by this stage. And then won't grow any bigger.
Plant it and they will come.
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