Basics

Ease of Growing
Moderate
Grown as
Biennial
Days to Maturity
55-60 (Spring/Summer), 65-75 (Fall/Winter)
Growing Habit
-
Hardiness
Hardy

Turnips are a cool-weather crop and can survive temperatures as low as 25 degrees F.

Crops
Spring, Fall
Growing Season
Short, Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Cold, Cool

Turnip Greens can be grown in the spring or the fall, since the root is not going to be used.

Outdoor Growing Temp
40°F - 85°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
45°F

Turnip seed germinates quickly even at low temperatures

Start Indoors
No
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
Water
Moderate

Turnips don't need a lot of water, but it should be available constantly and not fluctuate too much. If the soil gets too dry, they can get woody and may even bolt.

Feeder
Light

Low nitrogen. Low phosphorous. Low potassium.

Turnips don't require a lot of nitrogen, unless you are growing them for greens, as this encourages foliage growth rather than root growth.

Suitability
Tolerates light frost
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
Yes

A container for growing turnips should be at least 12" deep to allow for their roots. The seed should be planted 1/4" deep (never transplanted). Use a fairly rich soil mix that drains freely.

Attracts beneficial insects?
No
Color
Green
Fruit Size
3.0-4.0"
Plant Height
16.0-22.0"
Plant Diameter
3.0-4.0"
Hardiness Zone
3-11
Disease Resistance
Taste Profile

Hearty green taste, edible tops only.