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Organic Turnip Seeds, Purple Top White Globe

Brassica rapa
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These firm, crisp, milky-white roots have a purple-red top.  Very dependable yields.  5-12.5 cm (2-5") in size.  This sweet, mild-flavored, turnip is perfect raw or cooked.  Freezes very well.  Turnips and peas make excellent companions.

  • SKU: 143211
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Grow best in
Best In:
Full sun
Days to germination
Days to
8 to 12 days
Water needs
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
55 to 60 days
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
  • Botanical Name: Brassica rapa
  • Fill Weight (grams): 2
  • Approximate Seed Count: 800-900
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Heirloom, open pollinated
  • Color: White and purple
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Flavor: Tender with a smooth, old fashioned flavor
  • Companion Planting: Plant near asparagus, basil, calendula, dill, garlic, nasturtiums, onions, parsley, thyme. Calendula serves as a deterrent for common garden pests. Asparagus acts as a repellent for nematodes. Basil is effective in repelling whiteflies, mosquitoes, spider mites, and aphids. Additionally, basil attracts bees, which enhances pollination, improves the health of tomatoes, and enhances their flavor. Dill creates an environment that makes it challenging for cutworms to lay their eggs and also supports parasitic wasps that prey on pest caterpillars. Lastly, thyme reduces the egg-laying activity of armyworms.
  • Preparation Ideas: Young leaves can be cooked for greens.
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    Growing Instructions:

    Turnip is a cool season crop and seeds can be sown directly in the garden in early Spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Soil temperature (not air temperature) should be between 18-20°C (64-68°F) . Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 2.5 cm (1") of soil. After planting, water seeds with a gentle mist or shower. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below. Rutabags do not like to be crowded. When this happens they will grow huge tops with skinny roots. Do not allow the soil to become dry, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions.

    Click here to read more information on planning and planting a garden.

  • Planting Depth: 1.3 cm (1/2")
  • Seed Spacing: 2.5 cm (1")
  • Plant Spacing: 10 cm (4")
  • Row Spacing: 45 cm (18")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
  • Plant Spread: 10 cm (4")
Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Growing Suggestions:
  • Use a row cover during the first few weeks of seedling growth to protect plants from insect pests.
  • Leave them in the ground until they receive a 'light' frost which brings out a richer flavor. Be sure to remove them before the ground freezes.
  • Turnips require consistent moisture. Spotty watering from dry to wet will cause tough and bitter roots.
  • Turnips can sometimes bolt due to stress caused by extreme temperatures (cold or hot) or lack of nutrients or water. Bolting is when plants stop vegetative growth and start flowering resulting in little or no root growth. Turnips should be harvested before temperatures reach over 25°C (80° F) to avoid bolting.

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