- Item # V-20198| 500 Seeds
90 Days to Maturity.
Rutabagas were the standard root crop in Europe before the potato arrived on the scene in the 16th century. American Purple Top Rutabaga has been around since the 1920s. This is a real old-timer that has been a popular main stay for years. It is a large root that are purple above ground and tan to light yellow below. Tops are big and the necks are of medium size. Fine-textured and good to eat, its flesh is creamy yellow in color. Everyone’s favorite rutabaga for market sales, fresh from the field or for winter storage. Fine-grained yellow flesh turns bright orange when cooked. Prefers cool weather and is best grown as a fall crop. Remove soil lumps and rocks which could cause roots to split or become malformed. Rutabagas prefer a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5. If stored properly can last 4-6 months. Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region . OR, TX
500 Seeds Per Package.
Vegetable Garden - Tips on Growing Rutabaga from Seeds
|Rutabagas grow best in cool weather. Sow rutabaga seed in the garden 4 to 6 before the average date of the last frost in spring. Sow rutabaga also in late summer for autumn or winter harvest. In mild winter regions sow rutabaga in autumn for winter harvest. Grow rutabaga so that it comes to harvest before temperatures average above 75°F; rutabaga requires 60 to 90 days to reach harvest. Rutabaga roots will become grow small and stringy in hot weather.|
Sow rutabaga seed ½ inch deep and 1 inch apart. Thin successful seedlings to 4 to 6 inches apart. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Thinning is important so that roots have room to develop.
Give rutabagas regular, even water so that roots growing steadily. Do not let the soil dry out. Roots that grow too slowly will be tough. Sporadic watering can cause developing roots to crack.
Companion plants. Beets, carrots, turnips.
Container growing. Rutabagas can become quite large–often reaching 3 to 5 pounds–and are not a good crop for container growing.