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Minutina

Also know as Buck's Horn Plantain, Erba Stella is a unique, cold weather salad green prized in Italy for its mild nutty flavor and crunchy texture. Sow directly outside in early spring as soon as the ground can be worked or in the fall. It can tolerate moderate frosts and be grown all winter in temperate climates.

Average seed life: 2 to 3 years.

To broaden the range of texture and flavor in your garden and salads, don't forget to plant some of these specialty Salad Greens: Arugula, Asian Greens, Chervil, Claytonia, Cress, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Escarole, Frisee, Giant Red Mustard, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mâche, Mibuna, Minutina, Mizuna, Orach, Radicchio, Salad Blends, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Tatsoi.

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Direct-Sow Basics

Minutina Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”
Seed Spacing:1/2”
Plant Spacing:4”-6”
Days to Germination:2-15 days
Germination Temperature:45°-70°F

Syn: Buckhorn’s Plantain. Cold-hardy Minutina can tolerate moderate frosts and be grown all winter in temperate climates. This Italian Salad Green prefers the cool, moist seasons of early spring, late fall or a mild winter, but can be grown through the summer without becoming bitter. Sow it directly into the garden as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring in full to partial sunlight. Plant the seed 1⁄4" deep and 1⁄2" apart in a garden bed high in organic matter. If direct-sown in late summer, grow it in partial shade for protection from the sun and heat. Carefully thin seedlings to 6" apart and keep them well-watered to maintain the succulence of the tender leaves. Harvest young and tender at 5" tall. Minutina will re-sprout but for the best results, sow seed successively for multiple harvests. Mildly flavored, Minutina has grass-like, serrated blades with a sweet, complex taste of nuts and salt.

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