How to Grow Turnips | Guide to Growing Turnips

Survival Seed Vault Special
How to Grow Turnips | Guide to Growing Turnips  



Seed Starting Guide

Seed Starting A-Z




Growing Guides

Growing Vegetables

Growing Herbs

Growing Tomatoes

Seed Saving


Organic Vegetable Gardening


Garden Zones



Container Gardening

Natural Pest Control


A-Z Pests


Beneficial Pests


Fast-growing spring turnip crops are best harvested while the weather is still cool. The flavor of fall crops is improved by light frost. Don’t forget the greens which are delightful raw or cooked.


Seeds or Seedlings

4 to 7 days, 40F to 85F

4 years

Well Drained

Full Sun, Part Shade

1" apart

4" to 6 " apart

50 to 60

Growing Guide
Prefers well-drained, fertile soil high in organic matter, pH 6.0 to 7.5. Can tolerate slightly alkaline soil. Needs plentiful, consistent moisture. Loosen soil deeply or grow in raised beds to encourage good root development. Will tolerate less-than-ideal conditions, but poor soil will slow growth and hurt quality and flavor.

Biennial grown as an annual.

From early spring to late summer, sow seeds ¼ to ½ inch deep, 1 inch apart in rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Thin plants to 4- to 6-inch spacings.

Plant every 2 weeks for continuous harvest. Quality and flavor are best if harvested when whether is cool.

Use floating row cover to protect crop from early pests.

To help reduce disease, do not plant turnips or other cole crops in the same location more than once every three or four years.


Heirloom seeds are the gardeners choice for seed-saving from year-to-year. Learning to save seeds is easy and fun with these books. Before you harvest, consider which varieties you might want to save seeds from so that your harvesting practice includes plants chosen for seed saving. Be sure to check out our newest seed packs, available now from Heirloom Organics. The Super Food Garden is the most nutrient dense garden you can build and everything you need is right here in one pack. The Genesis Garden s a very popular Bible Garden collection. The Three Sisters Garden was the first example of companion planting in Native American culture. See all of our brand-new seed pack offerings in our store.


Harvesting Guide
These tasty and hardy cool-season vegetables epitomize fall root crops. Turnips can be harvested from one to two months after sowing seeds.
Harvest turnip leaves for greens before the roots are ready.

Cut the outer leaves, then refrigerate, unwashed, and use as soon as you can. Leave some greens on top to keep root alive.

Loosen the soil around turnip roots when they reach 2 to 3 inches wide. Pull roots from the soil and twist off the tops, leaving about 1/2 inch of stem.

Serve cooked turnips as side dishes.

Store turnips in a cool damp place, unwashed, for up to three months.

Turnips grown for seed should not be trimmed for eating. If small amounts of seeds are wanted, allow individual pods to dry to a light brown color before picking and opening by hand. Lower pods dry first followed by those progressively higher on the plant. For larger amounts of seeds pull entire plant after a majority of pods have dried. Green pods rarely produce viable seeds even if allowed to dry after the plant is pulled.

Home Tobacco Pack
You can find this variety in the following Seed Packs:
Non GMO Survival Seed VaultNon GMO Family Seeds Non GMO Homestead Seeds
Non GMO Farm Seeds
Click the packs below to see some of our other wonderful products
Heirloom Organics Products
Kitchen Herb Pack 1 Kitchen Herb Pack 2 Tobacco Pack Tea Garden Pack Chili Pepper Pack Drying Beans Pack Garden Salad Bowl Pack Heirloom Tomato Pack Fruit Pack Greens Pack Medicine Herb Pack 2 Medicine Herb Pack 1 Family Pack Fresh Sprouts Pack Survival Seed Vault Farm Pack Grains Pack Homestead Pack Livestock Pack

© 2019 Heirloom Organics

Become an Affiliate| Private Label Seeds | Contact Us