American Purple Top, Rutabaga

Rutabaga

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American Purple Top, Rutabaga

Rutabaga

The American Purple Top Rutabaga has a very sweet flavor. This Rutabaga variety produces high yields of huge yellow roots with deep purple crowns. The American Purple Top Rutabaga's tender flesh turns orange when cooked.
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Product Details

Botanical Name

Brassica napus

Seed Type

Seed

Seeds Per Gram

491.0714286

Seeds Per Pound

220000

Row Spacing

12-18"

Packet

200 seeds

Sow Depth

1/4"

Seeds Per Ounce

13750

Breed

Heirloom,Open-pollinated

Sun

Full

Cubic Inches

1.4625

Life Cycle

Annual

Sow Method

Direct Sow

Plant Spacing

6"

Categories

Rutabaga

Zones

3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Germination

4,5,6,7,8,9,10

Days To Maturity (# Days)

90

Weight

0.006

Depth

0.1

Height

4.5

Width

3.25

Components

Growing Instructions

Learning Download: How to Grow Rutabaga

Rutabaga is a cross between turnips and cabbage. They are in the mustard family and they have a golden root that tastes like peppery cabbage and sweetens as it is cooked.

Before Planting: Rutabagas prefer well drained soils with an abundants of potash and phosphorus. Soil should have a pH close between 6-7.0. For customary fall and winter use plant in late spring, or early summer or about 90 days before intended harvest.

Planting: Direct sow seeds in the late spring after all dangers of frost have passed. Plant seeds about 1/2 inch deep. Once seedlings reach 3 to 4 inches, thin them to leave enough space for the bulbs to mature.

Watering: Rutabagas require at least one inch of water a week to allow for adequate root development.

Fertilizer: Add a light dressing of fertilizer to the area you plan to plant your rutabaga seeds a few weeks prior to planting.

Days to Maturity: Rutabagas have a long growing season and can take up to 3 or 4 months to come to maturity.

Harvesting: After a few fall frosts, cut tops and store unwashed roots in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. Greens can be harvested anytime after they have reached 4 inches tall.

Tips: Bugs will chew on the leaves of the rutabaga, so if you plan on harvesting the greens, consider using a row cover to keep the harmful bugs away from the plant.

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