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Brassica rapa nipposinica - (L.H.Bailey.)Hanelt.
                 
Common Name Mizuna
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known in the wild.
Range A cultivar of garden origin.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Brassica rapa nipposinica Mizuna


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Brassica rapa nipposinica Mizuna
   
Physical Characteristics
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Brassica rapa nipposinica is a BIENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
B. rapa nipposinica.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[206]. They can be eaten at any stage from seedling to mature plant though older leaves become fibrous[206]. A very good salad, the leaves can also be cooked as greens or in soups etc[206]. The leaf stalks can also be eaten but require more cooking than the leaves[206]. It can be used as a cut and come again crop. regrowing rapidly after being harvested[206]. Immature flowering stems - cooked like broccoli[206]. A sweet flavour[206].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in full sun in most well-drained fertile soils[200]. Summer crops tolerate light shade[206]. Prefers a pH of 5.5 to 7[200]. Prefers a cool moist reasonably fertile soil[52]. The plant is shallow rooted and intolerant of drought, it needs to be grown in a moist fertile soil for the best quality leaves[206]. Fairly hardy, tolerating quite hard frosts, though plants are likely to die if this is coupled with wet weather[206]. Plants are also tolerant of summer heat[206]. Mizuna is widely cultivated in China for its edible leaves, there are many named varieties[206]. This plant is one of the most resistant to bolting of the oriental brassicas and can be sown in spring. It can also be planted in the summer for an autumn and winter crop[264]. Mizuna can also be transplanted successfully[206]. A fast growing plant, it can be cropped on a cut and come again basis just 2 - 3 weeks after sowing and has been known to continue cropping for 10 months before going to seed[206]. A very ornamental plant[206].
Propagation
Seed - sow in situ or in a seed bed from April to September. Thinnings can be transplanted[206]. Some varieties can also be sown in a cold greenhouse in late autumn or early spring to provide leaves overwinter and in late spring.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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