Brassica campestris var. rapa

Botanical Name: Brassica campestris var. rapa

Common Name(s): Turnips

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Description:

Turnips are smaller than swedes and have a nuttier flavour. They are a cool-season crop and can be left in the ground to overwinter. They grow best in limed soil with added phosphates.

Family: Brassicaceae

Botanical Pronunciation: BRAS-ee-ka kam-PES-triss

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Deciduous
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Frost Sensitive
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Non Indigenous
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Full Sun
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Moderate Watering
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Pruning Required

Common Pests and Diseases

Aphids, club root and leaf spot during periods of wet weather.(Club root, a soilborne fungus, is usually a problem in wet, cold acidic soils. Apply lime to the soil and practice crop rotation.)

Flowers

Foliage

Harvest

Pull up the swollen roots 8-10 weeks after sowing, when the turnips have reached 500- 600mm in diameter.

Interesting Info

Turnips are smaller than swedes and have a nuttier flavor.They are a cool-season crop and can be left in the ground to overwinter.

Maintenance

Water turnips well during dry weather.

Origin

Europe

Planting Instructions

Sow turnips thinly in drills deep enough to cover the seed with soil, in rows 300mm apart.Thin out to 150mm apart when the seedlings are large enough to handle.Water well during dry weather.

Soil Conditions

Turnips grow best in limed soil with added phosphates.

Storage Organ

Yield

A 5m-long row should yield enough for four people.Sow every four weeks in season.

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