How to Grow Turnips | Guide to Growing Turnips

 
How to Grow Turnips | Guide to Growing Turnips  

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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
GROWING NOTES
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.

MAINTAINING
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.
 

 
   
 
 
   
 

Harvesting Guide
HARVESTING
These tasty and hardy cool-season vegetables epitomize fall root crops. Harvest rutabagas from three to four months after sowing seeds, while 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.


Use a garden fork to dig up rutabaga roots once they reach 3 inches wide.


Serve cooked turnips and rutabagas as side dishes.

Store turnips in a cool damp place, unwashed, for up to three months. Rutabagas will keep in a cool, damp location for up to four months and can also be frozen.

SAVING SEEDS
Turnips grown for seed should not be trimmed for eating. Chinese cabbage can be lightly trimmed for eating without affecting quality seed production. 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.
 

 
     
 
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