Brassica campestris var. rapa
Deciduous – Sheds Its Leaves Annually
Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Frost Sensitive – Will Get Damaged and Possibly Killed During Periods of Frost.
Moderate Watering – Requires Regular Watering.
Pruning Required – Needs to be Pruned.
Non Indigenous – Exotic to South Africa.
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.
Water turnips well during dry weather.
Turnips grow best in limed soil with added phosphates.
The young leaves can be used as a spinach. The bulbs are perfect for stews, stir-fry and soups.
|Interesting planting ideas|
Plant near Calendulas, Californian poppies, chamomile, lettuces, radishes, red field poppies, snapdragons and spinach.
Turnips are smaller than swedes and have a nuttier flavor.They are a cool-season crop and can be left in the ground overwinter.
|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.)
Pull up the swollen roots 8-10 weeks after sowing, when the turnips have reached 500- 600mm in diameter.
A 5m-long row should yield enough for four people.Sow every four weeks in season.
|Seed sowing instructions|
Sow the seeds in late summer spaced thinly in a deep compost-filled trench.
- Botanical name: Brassica campestris var. rapa
- Common name(s): Turnips
- Categories: Fruits and Vegetables
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.
Botanical Pronunciation: BRAS-ee-ka kam-PES-triss
Brassica campestris var. rapa requirements and featuresinfo on these icons
Requires moderate maintenance.