Soil Preference

Soil PH: 6.0-7.0, Ideal 6.3-6.8

Rutabaga likes a heavy rich soil that is not too high in nitrogen, but contains lots of potassium. They are so sensitive to boron deficiency that they can almost be used as a test for it. If it is deficient the center of the root may rot.

Soil Preparation

Compost (N), 2 inch(es), in top 6in of soil, 1 time

Incorporate 2˝ of compost or aged manure into the top 6˝ of soil. Boron is normally supplied by the organic matter in compost.

Lime (Calcium), 5 pound(s) per 100 sq. ft., in top 6in of soil, 1 time

Rutabagas prefer a fairly neutral soil (6.0-7.0), so add ground dolomitic limestone to adjust pH if necessary. The quantity needed will vary according to the pH, but 5 pounds per 100 square feet is a typical application.

Standard Mix, 5 pound(s) per 100 sq. ft., in top 6in of soil, 1 time

Standard Mix will supply any additional nutrients required. It should be incorporated into the top 6˝ of soil along with the compost.