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How to Grow Turnip

Turnip Germination Information

Turnip Seed Germination How to Sow Turnip:
  • Best sown outdoors in situ after all danger of frost is past in the spring, but while the ground is still cool
  • As it is a cool-season crop, successive sowings can be made up to 5 weeks before temperatures are above 80°
  • Resume sowing again in late summer for a fall harvest
  • Seeds can also be sown indoors at a temperature of 68-72°
  • Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds and expect germination in 8-10 days
  • In Zones 8 and warmer, sow in early fall through spring for continuous winter crops

How to Grow Turnip:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Thin or space seedlings 3-4 inches apart in rows 15-18 inches apart

Soil: Site in a fertile, moist, rich, well-drained soil. Keep well watered and fertilize prior to planting and again when plants are 4 inches tall

Appearance and Use:

A relative of Cabbage and Collards. Both the rough, hairy leaves and the enlarged, white- or yellow-fleshed roots are eaten. Harvest the leaves at any time, however, they are best when tender and young. Harvest the root when it is 2 inches across


About Turnip:
Botanical name: Brassica rapa Rapifera Group
Pronunciation:  bras’i-kå ra’på
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Brassicaceae; native to Eurasia