Tatsoi Growing Guide

Brassica rapa subsp. narinosa


Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


Any sunny site with good drainage.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Tatsoi can tolerate light frost, but exposure to cold temperatures in spring can trigger early bolting. In fall, exposure to light frost can improve tatsoi's flavor.


Mix a light application of a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil prior to planting.


Also grown with other greens found in mesclun mixtures. In fall, tatsoi looks beautiful with pansies and parsley.


Single Plants: 7" (20cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 7" (20cm) with 7" (20cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow tatsoi in spring and again in late summer for harvest in fall. Sow in double rows, with rows spaced 10 inches (25 cm) apart. Plant seeds 2 inches (5 cm) apart and barely cover them with soil. Gradually thin to 8 inches (20 cm) apart.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


This beautiful little mustard cousin often grows better in fall than in spring.


Gather individual leaves, or pull whole plants for use in the kitchen.


Flea beetles often chew small holes in tatsoi leaves in spring, but are less of a problem in the fall.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Tatsoi